South Sudan: Food Insecurity - 2015-2017Ongoing
3.9 million people – nearly one in every three people in South Sudan – were severely food insecure and 3.6 million were considered to be ‘stressed’, in September 2015. An estimated 30,000 people were facing catastrophic food insecurity (IPC Level 5) in Unity State, leading to starvation, death, and destitution. (OCHA, 5 Jan 2016)
At the height of the lean season in July 2016, some 4.8 million people – more than one in every three people in South Sudan – were estimated to be severely food insecure. This number is expected to rise as high as five million in 2017. The food security situation is at the most compromised level since the crisis commenced in 2013 - the combination of conflict, economic crisis and lack of adequate levels of agricultural production have eroded vulnerable households ability to cope. More than one million children under age 5 are estimated to be acutely malnourished, including more than 273,600 who are severely malnourished. (OCHA, 13 Feb 2017)
As of January 2017, 3.8 million were estimated in Crisis (IPC Phase 3), Emergency (IPC Phase 4) and Catastrophe (IPC Phase 5). As of February-April 2017, the number of people estimated in need of humanitarian assistance (IPC phase 3 and above) has increased to almost 5 million, out of which 100,000 are facing famine conditions...Famine is declared in Leer and Mayendit counties of Greater Unity State. Famine is likely to happen in Koch County and can be avoided in Panyijiar County only if the humanitarian assistance is delivered as planned. (IPC, 20 Feb 2017)
An estimated 6.01 million (50% of the population) people are expected to be severely food insecure in June-July 2017, compared to 5.5 million (45% of the population) people in May 2017. This is the greatest number of people ever to experience severe food insecurity (IPC Phases 3, 4 and 5) in South Sudan. Famine is no longer occurring in Leer and Mayendit counties, and further deterioration was prevented in Koch and Panyijiar counties of former Southern Unity State as a result of immediate and sustained multi-sector humanitarian assistance delivered to the affected population since March 2017...However, in June-July 2017, approximately 45,000 people will still be facing Humanitarian Catastrophe in Leer, Koch, Mayendit in former Unity State and Ayod County in former Jonglei state based on most likely assumptions of continued armed conflict, food shortages associated with seasonality, and humanitarian assistance delivery constraints...Of great concern is former Greater Jonglei State, where food security is rapidly deteriorating, predominantly in the counties of Ayod, Canal/Pigi, Duk, Nyirol and Uror, which are facing Emergency (IPC Phase 4) acute food insecurity, with Ayod having an estimated 20,000 people experiencing Humanitarian Catastrophe (IPC Phase 5) at least through July 2017. (IPC, 31 May 2017)
Most read (last 30 days)
- South Sudan Humanitarian Bulletin Issue 16 | 27 October 2017
- Sudan: Humanitarian Bulletin | Issue 23 | 9 – 22 October 2017
- Harvest season provides meagre respite to South Sudan’s hunger crisis
- Regional Humanitarian Outlook for the Great Lakes and beyond: October - December 2017
- South Sudan: Humanitarian Snapshot (October 2017)
Staple Food Markets in East Africa: White maize is the main staple grain consumed in Tanzania, Kenya, and Ethiopia. In Uganda, white maize is grown mainly as a commercial crop for export in the region. Imported rice is a major staple for Djibouti and Somalia, which mainly consume belem—the imported red rice. Tanzania is also a major producer and source of rice in the region while Kenya and Uganda are minor producers. Both red and white sorghum are produced and consumed in the region.
28 septembre 2017 – Si l'augmentation de l'aide internationale pour le bassin du lac Tchad cette année a permis d'éviter une famine dans le nord-est du Nigéria, des millions de personnes sont encore en situation de vulnérabilité, a déclaré jeudi le Secrétaire général adjoint des Nations Unies aux affaires humanitaires, Mark Lowcock.
28 September 2017 – The scale up of international assistance to the Lake Chad Basin this year has averted a famine in north-east Nigeria, even though millions of people are still suffering, according to the United Nations aid chief.
CERF enables fast, flexible and needs-based support for people affected by humanitarian emergencies. The UN General Assembly established the fund in 2005 to provide timely assistance in crises. Since its operational launch in 2006, CERF has developed a reputation for its ability to kick-start humanitarian action, scale up the response to emergencies and serve as a lifeline for people struggling to survive in the world’s most underfunded crises.
• 105,000 people in Deribat (East Jebel Marra) are in need of humanitarian assistance.
• AWD cases have nearly reached 34,000—including 774 related deaths—across 18 states in the country since August 2016.
• The 2017 HRP is only 38% funded, affecting humanitarian operations and the lives of people in need.
• Over 461,000 South Sudanese refugees have arrived in Sudan since midDecember 2013.
105,000 people in the Deribat area, East Jebel Marra locality, need assistance
Juba Gumbo Park and Port
Dominic Deng had been sick for three days without any hope of treatment when he received the welcome news that a special clinic would be held in his village by Bangladeshi peacekeepers serving with the United Nations Mission in South Sudan.
Dominic was so relieved to be able to access medical care that he arrived early with his six-year old son for the clinic at the Aweil Jedid Primary School in Wau.
Indian peacekeepers have provided much-needed veterinary support to farmers in Renk, including treating animals for diseases and educating their owners about how to breed and raise healthy cattle.
In South Sudan, cattle are a symbol of status and wealth. Most pastoral communities breed livestock for subsistence, living off their milk and meat, as well as to meet social obligations such as creating strategic alliances with their stock or paying dowries.
The 2017 Sudan Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP) partners are requesting US$804 million to assist 4 million people in need across the country. As of 24 September 2017, HRP 2017 partners received $304 million – representing only 38% of the total amount. This low funding is set to have an immediate and dire impact on the lives and well-being of thousands of people humanitarian partners are serving in Sudan.
• Aid organisation reaches three million people in six months
• Hundreds of thousands of children severely malnourished, need urgent treatment to survive
• Funding for the responses at 60%
Wednesday, September 27
NAIROBI – More than 15 million children in East Africa continue to face lifelong risks to their lives and wellbeing due to ongoing drought and conflict warns World Vision six months after the aid agency began responding to the crisis.
WFP has assisted 4.2 million people since the beginning of the year. This is the highest number of people served by WFP in South Sudan. In July alone, WFP served 2.9 million people.
Farming cooperatives supported through WFP purchase for progress (P4P) initiative in Western Equatoria delivered 100 mt of sorghum to WFP for distribution to vulnerable food insecure people in the region.
26 September 2017, Juba – WHO’s emergency medical mobile teams are providing lifesaving health services to alleviate the myriad of public health challenges faced in famine-affected and hard-to-reach areas of South Sudan.
The team includes one doctor, nurse, nutritionist and community health worker. They support partners in remote locations with case management of patients, vaccinations, setting up of cholera treatment centers and units in areas reporting outbreaks, and help partners to set up mobile clinics.
8054th Meeting (AM)
It’s Not Government Policy to Obstruct Mandate of Peacekeeping Mission, nor Hinder Aid Delivery, Says Permanent Representative
Despite initial progress, implementation of the peace accord in South Sudan had been disrupted, the senior United Nations official in that country told the Security Council today, as he urged members to speak in one voice in persuading all parties to lay down their arms and return to negotiations.
Mr. President, excellencies and distinguished delegates,
I thank you for the invitation to address the Council and touch on some critical issues in South Sudan. I will provide a brief update on the situation in the country, as well as United Nations efforts to protect civilians and build durable peace as per our mandate.
Juba Gumbo Park
Significant decrease (23%) in people transiting through Juba Gumbo Park respect to the previous week (1083 individuals compared to 1401). The overwhelming majority of people moving are youths between 5 and 17 years old (509 ind. - 47%).
Majority of people are moving from Juba (701 individuals - 65% of the total) and they are manly going to Uganda (547 ind. to Refugee Camps and 107 to Kampala). Mainly reasons for Movements are “Shortage of Food” (354 ind. – 50%) and “Insecurity” (142 ind. – 20%).
The members of the Panel of Experts on South Sudan, whose mandate was extended pursuant to Security Council resolution 2353 (2017), have the honour to transmit herewith the Panel’s 120-day report, which was submitted in accordance with paragraph 2 of resolution 2353 (2017), by which the provisions of paragraph 12 (e) of resolution 2290 (2016) were renewed.
The report was provided to the Security Council Committee established pursuant to resolution 2206 (2015) concerning South Sudan on 6 September 2017.