FAO warns of over 3.7 million South Sudanese facing food crisis
Newscast Media JUBA, Sudan—The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has
warned that 3.7 million South Sudanese are facing an acute or emergency food
security crisis, as an aftermath of the civil war than broke out in the new nation on
December 15, 2013. Up to seven million people are at risk of some level of food
insecurity in the world’s newest nation.
“South Sudan was already the scene of one of the world’s largest humanitarian
operations before the fighting began, and the situation is now deteriorating rapidly,”
said Sue Lautze, FAO Head of Office in South Sudan.
“Markets have collapsed, infrastructure is damaged, foreign traders have fled,
commodity supply corridors have been disrupted by violence, and rural populations are
unable to bring their crops, livestock and fish to market for sale.”
Over 870 000 South Sudanese have fled their homes in the last six weeks after
fighting broke out in Juba in December and spread across the eastern and central
parts of the country.
Displacement has severely disrupted the agricultural cycle and the prevailing situation
of severe food insecurity will be further exacerbated if farmers miss the main planting
season that begins in March. FAO plans to minimize the environmental impact of
improvised settlements, for example by introducing fuel-efficient stoves to reduce the
use of firewood and charcoal.
To date, FAO has received $4.25 million of the $77 million needed to implement the
emergency response plan.