Food security deteriorates as the lean season starts
Given the lean season’s earlier than normal start, high food prices and reduced livelihoods continue to limit poor households’ food access. In parts of Jonglei state, households are facing Crisis (IPC Phase 3) acute food insecurity outcomes driven by insecurity, high prices and restricted access to wild foods and income sources such as collection and sale of firewood, charcoal and grass. In Unity, Warrap, and Lakes states, Crisis (IPC Phase 3) acute food insecurity is expanding to counties previously Stressed (IPC Phase 2) due to fighting and insecurity.
Although border tensions are expected to ease following the signing of the Implementation Matrix between South Sudan and Sudan on March 12th, 2013, areas affected by inter-ethnic fighting in Jonglei, Unity, Lakes, and Warrap states will continue to have limited access to humanitarian assistance and restricted livelihood activities until the end of the dry season when conflict will lessen.