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19 Sep 2017 description

Highlights

  • Rapid response missions are ongoing in Haat, Jonglei and another being prepared for Ayod, Jonglei to take place in the second week of September.

  • Seed fairs complete for the second planting season in Central Equatoria (Juba and Terekeka counties) and Western Equatoria (western region), targetinng 16 258 households.

  • Direct distribution of livelihood kits for the second planting season is complete in Terekeka and ongoing in Western Equatoria, targeting 32 293 households.

15 Sep 2017 description

815 millones de personas padecen hambre, con millones de niños amenazados de malnutrición

15 de septiembre de 2017, Roma – Tras haber disminuido de forma constante durante más de una década, vuelve a aumentar el hambre en el mundo, que afectó a 815 millones de personas en 2016 -el 11 por ciento de la población mundial-, según la nueva edición del informe anual de la ONU sobre seguridad alimentaria y nutrición publicada hoy. Al mismo tiempo, múltiples formas de malnutrición amenazan la salud de millones de personas.

15 Sep 2017 description
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World hunger is estimated to be on the rise again as conflict and human-induced disasters as well as natural disasters are contributing to setbacks in food security. This year’s The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World (SOFI) warns that the long-term declining trend in undernourishment seems to have come to a halt and may have reversed. Meanwhile, though progress continues to be made in reducing child malnutrition, millions of children are still stunted and wasted, and rising overweight and obesity are a concern in most parts of the world.

13 Sep 2017 description

Key messages

  • International prices of wheat dipped in August, after increasing in the past few months, following an upturn in production prospects in the Black Sea region which improved the 2017 global supply outlook.
    Maize quotations also fell on improved weather conditions and abundant global supplies. International prices of rice were relatively stable, although price movements were mixed across the different rice market segments.

12 Sep 2017 description

JUBA, September 12, 2017 – Three United Nations agencies leading the response to a dire hunger and nutrition crisis in South Sudan today welcomed a US$50 million donation from the World Bank to address food insecurity and malnutrition in the country.

04 Sep 2017 description

For many livestock keepers in South Sudan, there is little that can be done to help a sick or injured animal. “If one of our cows was sick, it was either slaughtered or left to die because we didn’t know how to deal with sick cows,” says Marial Madit, from the Maraya cattle camp in Aweial County. But now, Madit has new knowledge and tools to help heal a sick animal. Along with 24 other young South Sudanese, Madit recently completed a FAO-sponsored training to become a Community Animal Health Worker.

30 Aug 2017 description

FAO Director-General visits refugee settlements in Uganda’s north

30 August 2017, Kampala -The FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva called for greater funding for a sustainable response to the refugee crisis in Uganda, after concluding a visit today to refugee settlements in the country's north.

The Director-General also reaffirmed FAO's support to the Government of Uganda in its compassionate asylum policy under which land is allocated to refugees for shelter and cultivation.

30 Aug 2017 description

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • Below-average 2017 first season harvest gathered in bi-modal rainfall areas due to unfavourable weather

  • Reduced crop output expected also in uni-modal Karamoja region due to poor rains

  • Below-average pasture and water availability in pastoral areas affecting livestock

  • Prices of food declining in recent months

  • Food security situation improving, but an earlier than usual onset of the lean season is expected due to reduced harvests

29 Aug 2017 description

Highlights

  • Food Security and Nutrition Monitoring System (FSNMS) Round 20 has been finalized in most areas; however, access challenges were noted in Ayod, Leer, Mayendit, Morobo, RagaandYei.

  • Training of trainers for 50 farmer field schools (FFS) and junior farmer field and life schools (JFFLS) are taking place across Eastern Equatoria.

  • Seed fairs and emergency livelihood kit distributions for the second planting season are ongoing, targeting more than 48000 households in Central Equatoria and Western Equatoria.

17 Aug 2017 description

UN Security Council acknowledges conflict as a major cause of famine

17 August 2017, Rome - The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) welcomes the UN Security Council's recognition of conflict as a major cause of famine, and the call to enhance longer-term recovery and resilience of conflict-affected countries. FAO's response comes after the UN Security Council adopted a presidential statement acknowledging the link between conflict and famine. 

01 Aug 2017 description

Context

The Abyei Administrative Area (AAA) is a contested zone located on the central border between South Sudan and Sudan. Its status has remained unresolved since South Sudan seceded from Sudan in 2011, and the governments failed to agree on the border division. A United Nations peacekeeping mission, the United Nations Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA), has since monitored the situation. It is entrusted with overseeing demilitarisation and maintaining security in the area.

31 Jul 2017 description

Full title of the project:

Enhanced coordination and improved food security for food insecure and vulnerable populations in South Sudan

Target areas:

Nationwide

Recipient: South Sudan

Donor: United States of America

Contribution: USD 9 350 199

Project code: OSRO/SSD/601/USA

Objective:

To contribute to protecting vulnerable populations affected by the ongoing crisis in South Sudan against hunger, malnutrition and destitution.

Key partners:

27 Jul 2017 description

Summary Points
- Tanzania’s ban on maize grain exports to assure the country’s food security and to encourage value addition through exports of flour, would likely move regional cross-border trade to informal channels because of porous borders, and increase the maize export prices because of additional of costs of circumventing the ban.

21 Jul 2017 description

Gesture aims to encourage governments to support FAO's emergency response

21 July 2017, Rome - In an unprecedented move, Pope Francis has symbolically donated €25,000 to FAO's efforts supporting people facing food insecurity and famine in East Africa.

Pope Francis said the funds are "a symbolic contribution to an FAO programme that provides seeds to rural families in areas affected by the combined effects of conflicts and drought."

18 Jul 2017 description

IN NUMBERS

6 million People severely food insecure (IPC June-July 2017)

45 000 People facing famine conditions

>3.8 million People displaced by conflict

$70 million Requested under FAO Emergency Livelihood Response Plan

HIGHLIGHTS

18 Jul 2017 description

An outbreak of fall armyworm has been reported by the Government of South Sudan in the Equatoria region including Magwi, Yei and Juba, Northern Bahr el Gazal and parts of Jonglei area. Fall armyworm is a new pest in Africa, preferring maize plants, but feeds on sorghum, millet, vegetables and other crops as well. As maize and sorghum are staple foods in the country, the infestation is putting an increasing number of people at risk of hunger.

18 Jul 2017 description

Highlights
• FAO led monitoring assessments of crop, rainfall, market price and livestock conditions ongoing.
• Food Security and Nutrition Monitoring System Round 20 is underway targeting all counties in preparation for next IPC release (planned for September).
• Preparation is underway for 50 Farmer Field Schools, and Junior Farmer Field Schools to take place in Eastern Equatoria throughout July and August.