South Sudan - Situation update March/April 2015

South Sudan - Situation update March/April 2015
Apr 2015

According to normal seasonal patterns, food insecurity in South Sudan hits its peak between April and July. The severity and spread of food insecurity will depend on: the scale and intensity of conflict and population displacement; timely distribution and adequate outreach of humanitarian assistance; effective functioning of food markets; obstacles to livestock migrations; and the onset, geographic distribution and quality of the rainy season. Access is the main requirement for a successful harvest in 2015 – for land to be prepared and seeds to reach farmers and be planted in time. Any resumption in fighting will disrupt planting, dramatically escalating food insecurity and malnutrition among affected communities.