JUBA, (Xinhua) -- Improved
harvest between October and December in South Sudan would reduce the number of
people suffering from severe food insecurity in the East African country from 6
million in June to 4.8 million, but will not end the hunger crisis, UN agencies
said in a joint report released on Monday.
the updated Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) by the South
Sudan Bureau of Statistics, the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization, (FAO) UN
children’s fund (UNICEF) and the World Food Program (WFP), the post harvest
gains will not end the hunger crisis as conflict and hyperinflation persists in
the East African country.
warns that the food security situation is projected to deteriorate at the start
of 2018 when households typically run out of food before the next harvest
Aruai, chairperson of the South Sudan Bureau of Statistics, said during the
launch in Juba that humanitarian assistance and peace are critical in averting
the deteriorating and catastrophic level food insecurity.
dialogue and peace revitalization process as well as scaled up humanitarian
assistance, if successfully implemented, will gradually improve food security
situation between January and March 2018, he said.
FAO Representative in South Sudan, said that though a massive humanitarian
response helped stop famine in parts of the country this year, the current
harvest season has not brought much relief to the millions of people in South
Sudan who don’t have enough food.
most of the country’s greenbelt has been ravaged by fighting, adding that the
situation is predicted to worsen.
peaceful solution to this man-made tragedy should be the top priority or the
situation will get even worse next year,” Tissot said.
people are facing catastrophic conditions in two regions according to the IPC
scale, adding that aid agencies are concerned about fate of civilians in the
greater Baggari, in northwestern town of Wau, where 10 percent of the population
is facing famine-like conditions because insecurity.
analysis further says malnutrition has also worsened compared to the same period
last year, with surveys showing malnutrition rates in most communities, above
the World Health Organization’s emergency threshold of 15 percent.
UNIECF representative in South Sudan, said more than 1.1 million children under
the age of five are forecast to be malnourished in 2018, including nearly
300,000 severely malnourished and at a heightened risk of death.
children are going hungry in South Sudan. More than one in five of those
struggling to feed themselves is a child under five years of age Sudan. This has
created a malnutrition crisis that is putting many lives at risk,” Mdoe said.
teams are facing enormous logistical and security challenges to reach
communities in need.
has been devastated by civil war that broke out in December 2013 after President
Salva Kiir accused his former deputy Riek Machar of plotting a coup. Machar
denied the accusation but then mobilized a rebel force.
A peace deal
signed in August 2015 led to the formation of a transitional unity government in
April, but was again shattered by fresh violence in July, 2016.
thousands of South Sudanese have been killed, with over 3.9 million displaced
both internally and externally.
FAO said it
has provided fishing, crop and vegetable-growing kits to more than 4.2 million
people in South Sudan to help them grow or catch their own food.
together with its partners, it has treated more than 160,000 children with
severe acute malnutrition (SAM) so far this year, with 207,000 malnourished
children targeted across the country.
WFP and its
partners have assisted 4.6 million people in South Sudan so far in 2017 with
cash or food, including nutrition support for children under the age of five