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07 Oct 2015 description

Executive Summary

The food security situation in South Sudan continued to be worrisome through 2014 and the early quarter of 2015, particularly in Greater Upper Nile states. While there is a temporary improvement of food security situation at the time of writing as a result of the latest harvest from October 2014, households stocks are unlikely to last through February 2015, especially in the conflict-affected areas.

05 Oct 2015 description

Food insecurity continues to deepen despite recent peace agreement

5 October 2015, Juba – FAO’s rapid response operation in conflict-torn South Sudan has delivered livelihood assistance to 60,000 food-insecure households in hard-to-reach areas of northern Jonglei, Unity and Upper Nile States, where food stocks are running out and most families have been unable to produce food through farming or fishing this year.

29 Sep 2015 description


  • Erratic rainfall negatively impacting on prospects for 2015 cropping season

  • Prices of coarse grains increasing in recent months

  • Food security significantly improved since 2014, but concerns remain among IDPs and in conflict-affected areas

  • Most acute food insecure people remain among IDPs in Darfur and South Kordofan states

28 Sep 2015 description

Together with the Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries Industry (MLFI), the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) officially opened the newly restored central cold chain in Juba on 15 September. The cold chain is crucial for the storage, safe transport and performance of temperature-sensitive livestock vaccines.

25 Sep 2015 description


  • Production estimates for recently harvested first season are favorable in Central and Western Equatoria states, while below average production has been obtained in most agro-pastoral areas of Eastern Equatoria state that have been affected by scarce and erratic rains.

  • In June, civil insecurity in some eastern counties of Western Equatoria caused displacement of farmers with significant reduction in area planted and yields of first season crops.

22 Sep 2015 description

Market Highlights

  • In Juba’s markets, prices of most staples increased somewhat between August week 3 and 4.

  • During August week 4, prices of locally produced crops were slightly lower than their levels of three months before, mainly due to the arrival on markets of new harvests.

  • Persistent and substantial depreciation of the local currency, coupled with dollar and fuel shortages, continues to impact on food imports and transportation costs, with knock off effects on prices that more than tripled in one year.

14 Sep 2015 description


  • 4.6 million people were severely food insecure in July (IPC, May 2015). While this is likely to have fallen slightly as green harvests begin in some areas, isolated cases of starvation have been reported among conflict-affected IDPs.

  • +2.2 million people displaced by conflict – more than 1.6 million internally

14 Sep 2015 description

by Mona Chaya

In Africa, agriculture supports the livelihoods of over 800 million people (80 percent of the population), providing employment for around 60 percent of the economically active population and 70 percent of the poorest (around 270 million people).

04 Sep 2015 description

The Greater Horn of Africa Climate Outlook Forum (GHACOF) is a regional interactive forum that brings together climate scientists, climate information users, experts, decision-makers from critical socio-economic sectors, governmental and non-governmental organisations, civil society to develop a regional climate outlook consensus for rainfall season and to formulate mitigation strategies to the implications of seasonal forecast on climate sensitive sectors of the region. The consensus outlooks are produced three times in a year for the periods of MarchMay,

26 Aug 2015 description

The crop planting assessment, conducted by FAO and the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Cooperatives and Rural Development in South Sudan, covers rainfall performance, area planted, input supply, agricultural activities as compared to the previous year, pests and diseases, household livestock, pastures and movement, and the general status of households in terms of stocks and market prices. This assessment covers the entire country; however, due to insecurity, some areas were not accessible.

24 Aug 2015 description

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has a longstanding history in South Sudan, with both humanitarian and development programmes dating back to the pre-independence era. As part of FAO’s wider goals to end hunger, malnutrition and poverty in rural areas, efforts to build resilience of livelihoods in South Sudan is among its strategic objectives. One of the activities under this strategic objective is support in developing the capacities of livestock service delivery systems at all levels throughout the country.

18 Aug 2015 description

The UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) leads global efforts to end hunger, food insecurity and malnutrition. In South Sudan, this entails closely linking short-term crisis response activities with longer-term development actions with the goal of helping millions of South Sudanese farmers, fishers and livestock owners to build resilient livelihoods. FAO’s support to the people of South Sudan has been longstanding.

17 Aug 2015 description

The livestock crisis continues to deepen and spread in South Sudan. Last December, FAO warned of a “silent emergency” as the ongoing conflict and instability undermined the livelihoods of the country’s agropastoral communities. Today, continued massive displacement and recurrent insecurity, disrupted markets, reduced trade, soaring food prices and a widespread economic downturn have been detrimental for livestock owners.

17 Aug 2015 description

Nicholas Kerandi is FAO South Sudan’s Agriculture and Food Security Information Consultant for Upper Nile State. Working under the Agriculture and Food Information System project, his job entails carrying out two to three food security and nutrition assessments per year, as well as establishing systems in all the counties to monitor market prices and rainfall for early warning purposes. He also sits in on various working groups that discuss humanitarian matters relevant to the communities with which he works.

09 Aug 2015 description


  • Poor rainfall at start of 2015 cropping season delaying planting and affecting crop germination and establishment

  • Cereal prices stable at low levels except in conflict-affected areas

  • Food security significantly improved since 2014, but concerns remain in some conflict-affected areas

  • Most acute food insecure people remain among IDPs in Darfur and South Kordofan states

31 Jul 2015 description
  • In Greater Equatoria, production prospects for first season crops to be harvested in August/September are mixed, due to dry weather conditions affecting several areas.

  • Planted area severely reduced in most conflict-affected counties due to worsening security conditions and massive displacement.

27 Jul 2015 description

In South Sudan, the current demand for cooking fuels, and access to these resources, has huge implications for the environment and people’s well-being. The environmental risks associated with fuel wood use in the country are significant, given the damaging, long-term effects of over-exploiting natural forests. With these risks in mind, FAO and the Government of South Sudan launched a one-day consultative workshop on charcoal production and trade to raise awareness on the impact of charcoal production.

20 Jul 2015 description


  • Unfavourable prospects for 2015 secondary “belg” season cereal crops

  • Poor livestock body conditions in most pastoral areas due to dry weather conditions affecting pasture and water

  • Cereal prices increasing in June due to progress of lean season coupled with unfavourable prospects for “belg” season

  • Food security conditions deteriorate in “belg” season dependent areas as well as in most pastoralist areas

09 Jul 2015 description


  • Prospects for world cereal production in 2015 remain favourable, despite recent adverse weather conditions in some regions and continuing concerns over El Niño, with the global cereal supply and demand outlook for 2015/16 pointing to generally stable conditions.