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Over 4 million S. Sudanese remain food insecure, says report


By Julius N. Uma

February 4, 2012 (JUBA) - At least 4.7 million people in South Sudan are likely to be food insecure this year, a joint crop and food security assessment report released by the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) and World Food Programme (WFP) says.

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A displaced woman in Walgak, Akobo county chats with Valerie Amos, the UN Humanitarian Coordinator after receiving food aid from WFP, January 02, 2012 (Julius Uma/ST).

The FAO-WFP Crop and Food Security Assessment Mission to South Sudan (CFSAM) report, conducted at the request of the country’s Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, is based on a joint mission carried out in the world’s newest nation between October and November 2011.

This figure, according to the report, also includes about 1 million people who are said to be severely food insecure.

The number of food insecure people, the CFSAM report estimates, is likely to rise from 1 to 2.2 million, if conflict continues to cause major population displacements and food prices keep rising.

“This is a rapidly approaching crisis that the world cannot afford to ignore,” Chris Nikoi, WFP’s country director said in a statement.

He added, “The situation is dire and we are doing everything we can to be ready, but we are running out of time.”

The UN has already earmarked $760 million for humanitarian needs in South Sudan, but says the organisation is “extremely” stretched in its efforts to provide assistance to over 120,000 displaced by the country’s worst ever ethnic violence.

The report mainly cites poor harvests, increased demand for food, high prices, conflict and massive influx of returnees from the north as having greatly contributed to the worrying food insecurity trends.

“Poor rainfall in the early season as largely responsible for the lower harvest, with ongoing conflict compounding the problem by disrupting normal agricultural activities,” the report reads in part.

Also noted during the assessment was a shortfall in cereal production, which is reportedly weighing heavily on the already distressed communities.

Last year, according to the report, South Sudan’s national cereal production was about 19 percent below that of the previous year, and 25 percent lower than the average for the last five years. It, however, estimates the cereal deficit for 2012 to be more than 470,000 metric tons, reportedly half of the country’s total consumption requirements for the year.

As a remedy, however, the report agitates for more incentives that enhance household food production and income, a broad-based cross-sectoral approach to food security, strengthening of nutrition linkages as well as enhanced role of markets and trade.

Meanwhile, WFP has launched an emergency operation aimed at reaching nearly 2.7 million people this year. In order to achieve this, the world largest humanitarian agency is seeking donor support to cover the current shortfall in funding of $160m.


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  • 5 February 2012 07:18, by Darkangel

    This is exactly what Bashir was saying when he said the South is destitute to failures by the SPLM/GOSS that doesnt care if its people starve or die. They siphon all the money to their bank accounts outside the country. All they care about is distracting people from their failures and hell bent on revenge against the North due to their inferiority complex and submission to American.

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    • 5 February 2012 07:19, by Darkangel

      Again listen to your fat corrupt minister saying your people are the responsibility of the International community !! We provide land and security only ! The rest is the IC and UN !! No one in other country would dare say that and keep his post !!


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    • 5 February 2012 11:47, by Logic

      "Master", you’re truly ironic, you speak of Bashir’s words as if he has a moral platform or a credible history qualifying him to lecture those he deems as failures.

      Bashir, is a brutal dictator who’s history will always be marred with destroying a great country for the sake of power and supremacy. I suspect your kind will never heed to this fact, probably because you have benefited from his rule.

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      • 5 February 2012 13:23, by Darkangel


        You know Logic - this proves 1 thing - YOUR NOT SOUTHERN SUDANESE OR SUDANESE .... Hmmmmm ... i wonder what he could be .... the BIG Z !!

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        • 5 February 2012 14:04, by Logic

          Darkanger/ "Master"

          Bla Bla Bla... don’t you ever get tired of blaming everything on the Zionists, when are you going to take responsibility for your own action!!!

          Its funny how you think am not even Sudanese just because I tell it like it is.lol.lol

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  • 5 February 2012 10:12, by Northern Sudanese

    OMG we all knew that south sudan will have food crisis but i didn’t expect 4.7 MILION!!!!!!!!.this country is turning into somalia or even worse .US aid is not enough. i knew the US doesn’t care about south sudanese they only wanted oil. The only thing that we are gonna hear from the south sudanese on ST is how much they hate us and bashir. they will call us wannabe’s and fake arabs ect

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  • 5 February 2012 10:17, by Northern Sudanese

    How is the south going to war with the north? they don’t have a budget because 98% just gone. 4.7 milion and more need food. they don’t have a strong army. US aid won’t help. The south will come back to the North. this remembered me the day when i asked my teacher. ’Do you think the south will seperate from US? he said: ’ yes, i expect that but they will come back in between 5-10 years.

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  • 5 February 2012 10:20, by Northern Sudanese

    These people won’t be able to control a country. he said dinka’s hate other tribes. true because we see fighting everyday. human life is not important with them , true because everyday at least 50 people killed. and more and more. I wanna hear what my southern brothers are gonna say.

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  • 5 February 2012 10:22, by Northern Sudanese

    I agree with Jalaby and Darkangel, these people won’t read this article, they don’t know what to say. Normally they are the first who comment on articles but not on this one.

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  • 5 February 2012 13:01, by rock

    Ah Ah Northerner Sudanese, I think South Sudanese are the one to solve their problems. so you better solve what you have in North a moment and leave south Sudan alone.
    second to it about shut down oil production,it is their to do so, and I think don`t that decision need to be discuss with Khartoum government.

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  • 5 February 2012 15:12, by Konan

    Don’t bother yourselves brothers none of the thugs will show up today, their leaders have shutdown the oil fields i.e. no more remittance to those living abroad or for those living within. Half of the population of South Sudan has no food, no security, no money but only the freedom to kill someone and to get killed by someone. Everyone is busy with his own plight. Really, I feel sorry for them.

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