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South Sudan: South Sudan: Food Assistance Fact Sheet – Updated April 9, 2019

Source: US Agency for International Development
Country: South Sudan, United States of America


• From February–April, approximately 6.5 million people will experience Crisis (IPC 3) or worse levels of acute food insecurity in South Sudan, according to a January–July 2019 Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) analysis. Conflict remains the main driver of food insecurity, due in part to the decreased number of farming households and land area under cultivation caused by ongoing insecurity and displacement. Below-average rainfall further reduces harvests and negatively affects the availability of wild foods and fish.

• Since the start of the conflict, the proportion of the population requiring emergency food assistance has increased from 20 percent to 55 percent. Needs are expected to remain high from May–July, when 6.9 million people are expected to face Crisis or worse acute food insecurity. In the absence of sustained humanitarian assistance, the number of people in need would be expected to increase.

• While a modest number of South Sudanese returns are expected in 2019, following the signing of the Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of Conflict in South Sudan in September 2018, violence continues to result in displacement. Fighting between Government of the Republic of South Sudan forces and an armed group in Central Equatoria State’s Yei County has resulted in the displacement of nearly 15,000 people since the start of 2019, according to the UN International Organization on Migration, bringing the total internally displaced population to more than 1.8 million people.

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