Field visit to assess the livestock situation in South Sudan

Jan 2015

Less than three years since its Independence, violence erupted in South Sudan in December 2013. Since then, 1.5 million South Sudanese fled their homes, some managing to bring valuable livelihood assets with them, but many others had to flee leaving everything behind.

The FAO South Sudan team traveled to Eastern Equatoria State to assess the livestock situation in the area. In December 2014, FAO South Sudan issued an alert flagging the unprecedented displacement of cattle due to the crisis and the shifts away from traditional livestock migration patterns. Such disruptions have led to extensive livestock health problems as well as conflicts within and between communities of livestock owners and farmers.

FAO South Sudan has planned rapid emergency livestock interventions for the communities surrounding Nimule and Magwi where local authorities have reported up to nine abnormal cattle migrations currently taking place.

Author: FAO/South Sudan