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South Sudan - Executive brief 5 June 2014

South Sudan - Executive brief 5 June 2014
Jun 2014

Highlights

  • To date, FAO has distributed 111 000 emergency livelihood kits and has scaled up distributions to ensure support reaches beneficiaries in time for the planting season (before June 15). Kits include fishing gear, vegetable seed, crop seeds (including ‘no-harm’ tools) and animal health supplies. Inputs have now reached seven states including Jonglei, Unity and Upper Nile.
  • Joint WFP/FAO/UNICEF multi-sector rapid response operations are ongoing in remote locations in Jonglei, Unity and Upper Nile states. This includes airdrops, airlifts, and transport by trucks.
  • The rainy season is fully underway and road access to much of the country is being lost progressively.
  • Latest IPC food security analysis (May 2014) indicates that food security has deteriorated at an alarming rate since the outbreak of the conflict. 3.5 million people are in crisis or emergency IPC Phase, and a possible famine is looming unless adequate humanitarian assistance is provided now.
  • 1.4 million people have been forced from their homes by the conflict since 15 December 2013, including over one million displaced within South Sudan and over 360 000 fleeing to neighbouring countries. (OCHA SitRep No.38).
  • Parties to the conflict signed a cessation of hostilities agreement on May 9, in Addis Ababa, to end the conflict and to cooperate with the humanitarian community to ensure that aid reaches millions of affected people in South Sudan, however sporadic fighting continues.
  • Response programme possible thanks to the generous support from the Governments of Belgium, Canada, Denmark, the United Kingdom and the United States of America, as well as from the Africa Solidarity Trust Fund, the European Community Humanitarian Office, the UN’s Common Humanitarian Fund, and allocations of unearmarked funding by FAO.