South Sudan

South Sudan Food Insecurity - Famine Declaration - DG ECHO Daily Map | 21/02/2017


  • The food security situation continues to deteriorate in South Sudan, reaching an unprecedented magnitude. The newly released Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) report declared localized famine in two counties.

  • From February to April 2017, Leer and Mayendit counties are classified in famine with about 100 000 people at risk of dying. In total, 4.9 million people are in a crisis or emergency situation nationwide. At the height of the lean season in July, 5.5 million South Sudanese are projected to be in crisis or emergency situation.

  • Furthermore, acute malnutrition remains a major challenge to public health. Out of 23 counties with recent data, 14 have showed Global Acute Malnutrition (GAM) rates above emergency levels of 15%. In some counties in Unity, GAM levels above 27% and 30% have been recorded.

  • Worsening malnutrition has also been found in the Greater Equatoria region, previously the bread basket of the country. This situation is atypical in the post-harvest season and is deeply alarming.

  • The situation would be even worse if unprecedented humanitarian aid was not in place. However, access remains difficult due to security, restrictions by parties to the conflict and logistics constraints.