South Sudan

South Sudan Food Security Alert: May 9, 2014

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Without urgent action, populations in localized areas could face Famine

Due to the impacts of continued conflict in South Sudan, more than three million people are currently in need of urgent humanitarian response to address food insecurity (IPC Phase 3 or higher). Large portions of the population in conflict‐affected areas face Emergency (IPC Phase 4), meaning that they are unable to meet basic survival needs even with extreme coping, such as selling all of their livestock. Further deterioration in food security is likely, along with an increase in the size of the food‐insecure population, given ongoing displacement, expectations for a poor 2014/2015 cropping season, and significantly reduced income in the context of high staple food prices and widespread market disruption. Without urgent action, this deterioration, in combination with high background levels of malnutrition and mortality, suggests that Famine (IPC Phase 5) is possible in localized (sub‐county) areas of Jonglei and Unity States during the coming four months. This deteroriation coincides with the area’s lean season, when food insecurity is already at its peak. The limited amount of information makes it difficult to pinpoint the specific location of the worst affected populations. However, the counties of greatest concern are Mayendit, Koch, Panyijar, and Leer Counties in Unity State and Ayod, Duk, Uror, and Nyirol counties in Jonglei State. The worst‐off areas of Upper Nile State are Baliet and Panyikang.