Food consumption gaps widen in South Sudan

Food consumption gaps widen in South Sudan

The country of South Sudan is in crisis – and also heading for more civil war as the 2 leaders vie for power! 

The area CRESS operates in is still peaceful and has less famine than elsewhere but still the people are hungry – the rains came on Wednesday night last week. This was nearly 3 weeks late so crop planting has only just started and they will need steady rains to continue if the crops are to grow properly and recover from last year’s drought!

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Food consumption gaps widen in South Sudan

Several households in the northern Greater Upper Nile region will face extreme lack of food and high levels of malnutrition in the lean season period, Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET), a leading provider of early warning and analysis on food insecurity, warned in its latest findings.

In its latest report, the USAID-founded body also warned of excess mortality in a nation hit by war since December 2013, anticipating extreme lack of food in parts of Unity state.

About a million people have been displaced by the conflict in the young nation, with close to 200,000 living in protection sites of the United Nations mission in the country.

According to the FEWS NET, shortage of foreign currency and consistent depreciation of the South Sudanese Pound makes importation of food commodities difficult.

The South Sudanese Pound further depreciated from 21.6 SSP/USD in mid-March to 32.2 SSP/USD on April 1st, further reducing the purchasing capacity of urban households.

“In the face of restricted supply of foreign exchange and depreciation of the South Sudanese Pound, local food prices continue to increase, constraining household market access,” reads the report, which Sudan Tribune obtained.

The decision by the Sudan government to open its border with South Sudan, the report says, saw several people from Northern Bahr el Ghazal migrate to Sudan in search of income-earning opportunities and greater food access.

The above article can be read in full here and has been extracted from an article by the Sudan Tribune, a non profit website based in Paris that was started in 2003.