South Sudan

South Sudan - Food insecurity (IPC, UN, DG ECHO) (ECHO Daily Flash of 18 June 2019)

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  • Food insecurity is reaching unprecedented levels in South Sudan despite the signature of the latest Peace Deal and a decrease in hostilities throughout the country.
  • According to the latest Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC report), the proportion and number of food insecure people during the lean season is the highest ever with nearly 7 million South Sudanese (61% of the population) in crisis, acute food insecurity, emergency or catastrophic conditions.This proportion is even higher in Jonglei state where 73% of the population is severely food insecure.
  • The situation is driven by household food shortages that are typical of a lean season, but have been exacerbated by delayed rainfall, the persistent macro-economic crisis, population displacement, additional needs from returnees, prolonged years of asset depletion, and eroded livelihoods following years of conflict. The estimates take into account the massive humanitarian food and nutrition assistance delivered throughout the country.