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South Sudan - Executive brief 12 February 2014
Tags: South Sudan, Eastern Africa, South Sudan Crisis, humanitarian crisis, livelihoods, food security cluster, livestock, malnutrition, displacement, conflict, food crisis,
- 723 900 people have been internally displaced since 15 December, and 145 000 have fled to neighbouring countries.
- FAO estimates up to 10 million head of livestock have been displaced by the crisis.
- The Food Security and Livelihoods (FSL) Cluster estimates that up to 7 million people are at risk of food insecurity in 2014 – with an estimated 3.7 million facing “crisis” and “emergency” food insecurity (IPC).
- Signs of serious food security distress are emerging (sorghum market prices skyrocketing, lack of basic food stuffs in some markets, increasing reports of hunger in conflict-affected areas).
- Lack of commercial access and actors, constraints on aid access, limited partners, displacement, livelihood disruption and pre-crisis structural food insecurity are generating a major food and nutrition security crisis.
- Saving livelihoods saves lives – livelihood protection interventions are critical; FAO is focusing on providing emergency livelihood kits, providing immediate access to fish; protecting livestock herds against disease; promoting rapidly maturing vegetable seeds; and supporting staple crop production.