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Over 4 million South Sudanese food insecure, says UN


March 2, 2013 (JUBA) – At least 4.1 million people in South Sudan are likely to be food insecure this year, a new report released by the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) and World Food Programme (WFP) reveals.

Refugees wait for the distribution of food and non-food items during a visit by U.N. Undersecretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs John Holmes in Akobo town, south Sudan, May 8, 2009. (Reuters)

The FAO-WFP Crop and Food Security Assessment Mission to South Sudan (CFSAM) report, carried out between October and November 2012, is an assessment of the agricultural production and food availability in the world’s newest nation.

Food production, according to the report, increased by over 35% between 2011 and 2012, due to good rains, improved cultivation practices and with more areas under cultivation.

However, in addition to the 40% of the population already at risk of food insecurity, the report anticipates more than one million people are likely to be severely affected.

Chris Nikoi, WFP Country Director, said South Sudan, despite the country’s tremendous agricultural potential, and the improved harvest estimate, it’s overall food security situation remains very precarious.

“We must redouble efforts to improve the livelihoods of the poorest and most vulnerable South Sudanese, and ensure they can produce their own food or can afford to buy food to meet their needs, and are more resilient to shocks,” Nikoi said in a statement.

This year’s assessment, officials say, is an improvement in the food security situation in a country, where more than 4.7 million people were projected to be at risk of facing hunger last year alone.

“The CFSAM is our best estimate, but it’s imprecise,” Sue Lautze, FAO’s Head of Office in South Sudan.

“What we need is a comprehensive agricultural census covering fish, livestock and crops. This would provide a more accurate baseline against which annual production can be more precisely measured”, she added.

In addition, with the increasing high food prices in the country, the report says a significant amount of food supply will be required in parts of the country, where commercial supply is equally poor, with a “cereal gap” of 371,000 metric tons.

Another 2.8 million people, WFP says, remain in dire need for food and nutritional assistance, including food insecure rural families, vulnerable children, internally displaced people (IDPs), refugees and returnees.

“This will require about 224,000 tons of food of various kinds,” it notes.

The report, also extended to Sudan Tribune, further warns that increased conflict and economic instability could increase the number of people requiring food assistance by more than a million.

“Insecurity remains a major constraint to optimising South Sudan’s agricultural potential. Incidents of armed cattle rustling, conflicts between and among communities, and the activities of militia groups continue to inhibit farmers in affected areas,” it says.

Nearly $1.2bn has been allocated as Consolidated Appeal (CAP) for South Sudan, which aims to reduce suffering, provide protection, and boost the resilience of the most vulnerable people.


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  • 3 March 2013 07:01, by master

    UEA and EU
    be ready to feed your baby

    • 3 March 2013 07:09, by Force 1

      Aren’t you one of the babies that needed to be feed!?

      • 3 March 2013 12:02, by Northern Sudanese

        Force 1
        nope, his one of those who used to feed those babies before they were fooled by the oil song which did them no good :D

  • 3 March 2013 07:08, by Sundayw

    Could these organizations stop begging in the names of South Sudanese. For every dollar they receive in donations, only 10 cents goes to actually feeding those in need of food. The rest goes to their salaries and benefits. The WFP is the most hypocritical organization ever to come along. It spends $3 to feed a Syrian/Iraqi/Kosovar/Afghani refugee and less than 50 cents to feed an African refugee.

    • 3 March 2013 09:05, by zulu

      These baggers are worst than South Sudanese. It is also very impossible that despite the improved growth from last year, WFP says we still are so desparet to feed ourselves. What figures do these folks rely on and what demography do they base their assesments? Is that compaign designed to factor in international attention?

    • 3 March 2013 09:17, by Khawaja

      Sundayw, you can just stop your complaining about the WFP - the South Sudanese would be able to feed themselves were it not for the rampant corruption in the country siphoning off billions of dollars.

      • 3 March 2013 09:30, by Sundayw

        So we have a little corruption problem— big deal. If you rank Russia against South Sudan, our corruption problem is under control. Look, every country has some skeletons in its cupboard. However, it is easy to paint South Sudan as corrupt because it makes it easy to beg in our name. WFP does not spend the same amount on Africans as it does on khawajat, yet begs in the name of Africans.

        • 3 March 2013 22:05, by OurLand

          For your information, the $ that is stolen is about 30% of your GDP. That is the GDP before the export of oil stopped.
          $400 have been stolen from every South Sudanese: $400 for every man, $400 for every woman en $400 for every child. It is not a small problem, it is a *huge* problem

      • 3 March 2013 13:00, by master

        kango, neigeria,zimbabwai all these countries has potential but not used
        do you think it’s usefull for them
        japan has no resources and inporting all row material
        which is best?

    • 3 March 2013 13:38, by ViVa Sudan

      I don’t agree with southerners but this time u are right ur politicians are rotten thieves & everything they put it on Sudan which is not TRUE .. God bless poor civilians they just live in vain ..

    • 3 March 2013 13:38, by ViVa Sudan

      I don’t agree with southerners but this time u are right ur politicians are rotten thieves & everything they put it on Sudan which is not TRUE .. God bless poor civilians they just live in vain ..

  • 3 March 2013 09:11, by Eastern

    The root couse of this perpetual hunger amongst the cattle keeping communities in South Sudan is the cattle they keep!!. Look at what is happening to the Toposa and now the Nuers. NGOs should begin to address the real underlying issues such as trying to teach these folks to reduce their herds and practice some farming. Keeping cattle is good but if that enslave you, think of alternatives!!

    • 3 March 2013 18:49, by Lotodo Awino Odug

      Being with your cattle is not bad,if you know how to divide your time during the spring.those who don’t cultivate their land are lazists who disguises their laziness as being engage by cattle rearing.

  • 3 March 2013 11:00, by AUGUSTINO DENG

    If it is not because of a lack of leadership, then South Sudan would not have to seek for food anymore from donnors or even from Non-Organization. Time for seeking help was already gone. How do the President of South Sudan Salva Kiir Miyardit feel about this reckless shortage of food in the New country? Where is the budget of the South Sudan? Where did Salva Kiir put the budget? Shame on him.

  • 3 March 2013 11:30, by Padiet Deng Alony

    The picture said a refugee in Akobo, are South Sudanese called a refugee in their own country or how do we call them
    a refugee or IDP etc

    • 3 March 2013 14:05, by Peacocktail

      The UNWFP begg extremely, they mismanagement Flights monies, The food brought to South Sudan is misleding the Citizens. The right people to be feed freely are Refugees in Yida and Jamal Camps, AByei Returnees should produce their own food,the same to Murle should be left alone to feed themselve because they are all thieves. UNWFP must stop begging in our Names. Akobo incidence just happens a

      • 3 March 2013 18:44, by Lotodo Awino Odug

        Thank mr Peacock,we need intelligent and analylitical brain dude like you.begging whenever an incident occur will destroy our image as a nation.

  • 3 March 2013 17:03, by Northern Sudanese

    I hope they all die, its better to see them die slowly than straight by a sudanese bullet! by 2020 halve south sudanese will be dead, they voted for the path to hunger and death!
    no more south sudanese , Allahu Akbar!

    • 3 March 2013 17:49, by hellonearth

      Northern Sudanese

      i thought you died in Al Kurmuk.

      • 3 March 2013 18:34, by Northern Sudanese

        and i thought that you starved to death from hunger, i saw you on the TV screen begging for food during my holiday in Kurmuk during the opening of the new dam!

    • 3 March 2013 22:10, by OurLand

      I admire your compassion which is entirely in sync with your religion. Now that you are unable to kill the babies you just wish them dead.
      I understand that, there is not so much to do in the sand desert called Sudan. Just making a couple of wishes. For other people to die. You contemplated your options today and decided that this was the best you could do.
      I truly pity your life

      • 4 March 2013 06:56, by Northern Sudanese

        in our sandy desert we have everything we need, we are proud of our desert. In general,desert nations are doing far better than jungle nations down there and i am a 100% that its not just you south sudanese who go and shower under urine! you see, in our desert we have dams,buildings, progress and development, stuff that you people will never have! Yes , i hope you die soon from hunger :D

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