JUBA South Sudan (Xinhua) --
South Sudan’s food security situation will worsen this year compared to the
previous year unless food is procured and distributed to millions of people in
urgent need in hard-to-reach areas before the rainy season, the World Food
Program (WFP) said on Tuesday.
Country Director Simon Cammelbeek told journalists the UN agency needs to
urgently procure and distribute food by air drops to six million people in
hard-to-reach areas classified as food insecure in 2018 before the coming of the
security situation is not good and the indication we get is that the harvest
last year (2017) was less than the year before,” he revealed in Juba.
in December last year launched humanitarian appeal estimated at 1.72 billion
released by the Integrated Food Security Classification (IPC) last year said an
earlier-than-normal start of the lean season will result in an estimated 5.1
million people (48 percent of the total population) being classified as severely
food insecure in January-March 2018.
important that we also take this opportunity in the current month to procure
food and distribute food to those areas which will not be reachable during the
rainy season. So as much as we have to wait for the final (IPC) assessment the
indications are clear it (food situation) is worse than last year,” Cammelbeek
continues unabated in the world’s youngest nation despite repeated stern warning
of consequences to the warring parties by the international community and
regional East African leaders after several cease-fire violations.
also disclosed that the humanitarian needs continue to worsen in the country
where donors have been supportive of WFP and other partners’ efforts, noting
that additional resources are urgently required to help mount an effective and
timely response to tackle hunger.
He added that
the planting season begins in February and they will liaise with the government
on how to extend support to farmers.
famine conditions were averted in 2017 thanks in part to the extensive and large
scale response by WFP and partners, some 6 million people are unable to meet
their daily food needs already in January this year. We must do everything in
our power and work jointly to ensure food and nutritional assistance for all,”
descended into violence in December 2013 after political dispute between
President Salva Kiir and his former deputy turned rebel chief Machar led to
split within the SPLA, leaving soldiers to fight alongside ethnic lines.
peace agreement to end the conflict was weakened after outbreak of renewed
fighting in July 2016 caused the SPLA-in opposition rebel leader Machar to flee