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FAO to help conflict-scattered families in South Sudan
Vaccines, fishing, planting supplies needed before rains - The UN Food and Agriculture Organization is helping the people of the conflict-affected, South Sudanese state of Jonglei feed themselves and rebuild their lives through a series of emergency and long-term actions. Working with the local community, FAO is supporting the distribution of livestock vaccines, fishing gear, vegetable seeds and tools, in a move towards long-term development and capacity building in the world’s newest nation.
The Organization aims to deliver as much assistance as possible in the next two to three months before the rainy season starts and the roads become impassable. Future initiatives will also focus on rainwater harvesting and other measures to boost long-term resilience. In Jonglei and throughout South Sudan, poor harvests, increased demand, rapidly rising prices, conflict, and displacements are blamed for the situation, with the shortfall in cereal production weighing heavily on already distressed communities.
Cereal production in the world’s newest nation was about 19 percent below the previous year and 25 percent lower than the average for the last five years. The cereal deficit for 2012 is estimated at more than 470 000 tonnes – almost half of the country’s total consumption requirements for the year. The latest figures come from the recent FAO-WFP Crop and Food Security Assessment Mission to South Sudan.