South Sudan

South Sudan: Food Assistance Fact Sheet, Updated 24 October 2017

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  • After more than three years of civil conflict, South Sudan remains one of the most food-insecure countries in the world. As of June 2017, Famine (IPC 5) conditions had subsided in Unity State, due to a significant increase in humanitarian aid. However, food security continues to deteriorate across the country with life-threatening hunger spreading in scale and scope, making 2017 the most foodinsecure year in South Sudan’s history. By the peak lean season in July, approximately six million people—more than 50 percent of the current population—were facing Crisis (IPC 3) or higher levels of acute food insecurity and were in urgent need of emergency food assistance.

  • Food security conditions are rapidly deteriorating in Jonglei State, where households are experiencing Humanitarian Catastrophe levels of acute food insecurity—or famine at the household level—for the first time, meaning that starvation, destitution and death are evident.

Food insecurity is also spreading in the Greater Bahr el Ghazal region and the Greater Equatoria region, traditionally the breadbasket of South Sudan.

  • As of October 2017, approximately 2.1 million refugees have fled South Sudan for neighboring countries and another 1.9 million South Sudanese remain internally displaced. Widespread insecurity continues to displace communities, disrupt livelihood activities, exacerbate food insecurity and impede humanitarian access to vulnerable populations.

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