Sudan Food Security Outlook Update, August 2017
Vegetation conditions poor despite heavy rainfall in many areas
Assistance needs remain most urgent in parts of Jebel Marra and SPLM-N-controlled South Kordofan, which will be in Emergency (IPC Phase 4) through September. In much of Sudan, harvests starting in October will maintain or improve acute food insecurity to Minimal (IPC Phase 1) or Stressed (IPC Phase 2) levels between October 2017 and January 2018. New IDPs in Darfur, South Kordofan, Blue Nile, West Kordofan, and refugees from South Sudan will likely remain in Crisis (IPC Phase 3) as continued displacement limits their access to land for cultivation and to seasonal agricultural labor opportunities.
As of late August 2017, main season rainfall has been average or above average over most parts of Sudan.
However, dry spells in July have reportedly resulted in below-average vegetation conditions in some parts of the country. Meanwhile, heavy rainfall has also caused flash flooding affecting over 60,000 people.
The flow of South Sudanese refugees into Sudan continued during July and August 2017, including approximately 16,172 new arrivals in July and 4,338 new arrivals during the first two weeks of August. This brings the total number of South Sudanese refugees’ arrival in Sudan since December 2013 to approximately 416,829 refugees. Most new arrivals are fleeing conflict and extreme acute food insecurity in South Sudan.