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Livelihood kit distributions ongoing in South Sudan

May 2014

FAO distributions are ongoing in South Sudan in support of food insecure communities who have been severely affected by the conflict that broke out in December 2013, which has led to more than 1.3 million people fleeing their homes. The May 2014 Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) analysis points to 3.5 million people suffering from crisis or emergency levels of food insecurity, a critical deterioration in food security since the conflict began. Some vulnerable communities in highly affected counties in Jonglei, Unity and Upper Nile states could face famine later in 2014 unless they receive humanitarian assistance in coming months.

Since the outbreak of the conflict FAO has been targeting 214 000 households (1.3 million people) with life-saving livelihood kits which include crop and vegetable seeds, farming tools, fishing kits and animal health kits. Under the revised Crisis Response Plan of May 2014, FAO is appealing for an additional USD 66 million to bring the total number of people supported to 2.7 million.

Each fishing kit provides enough capacity to feed 25 families for one day.

Each animal health kit provides services for 80 families for 4 – 6 months.

Each vegetable kit provides 6 months of nutritious vegetables for one family.

Each crop kit provides one year of staple crops for a whole family.

Author: FAO/South Sudan