South Sudan

South Sudan mVAM Bulletin #4: September 2017


Key points:

  • Most households in Torit are selling their productive assets, consuming inadequate food and resorting to other negative coping strategies.

  • Households in Yambio have poor food security and are frequently spending their savings to purchase food, as insecurity has prevented farmers from growing crops. Overall, negative coping strategies are more prevalent in urban areas.

  • In Greater Equatoria, households are worried about rising food prices and the outbreak of the fall armyworm. They are skipping meals or going for entire days without food to cope.

Situation update

Conflict continues in South Sudan, intensifying population displacement and food insecurity. There are currently 1.9 million internally displaced people (IDPs) and 2 million refugees in neighbouring countries (source: OCHA, August 2017).
The impacts of insecurity are compounded by economic decline and inflation, which are undermining household purchasing power. Despite the arrival of the first harvest season for sorghum, maize and ground nuts within the green belt across Greater Equatoria, food prices remain high because late rains, insecurity and the fall army worm have hampered agriculture production.