FAO in South Sudan

Floods in 2021 killed nearly 800-thousand livestock and destroyed more than 37-thousand tons of crops in South Sudan, according to FAO Flood Report

Children walk by the carcass of a cow which died due to flooding in Bentiu, Unity state in December 2021. (FAO/Mayak Akuot)

Juba, 28 December 2021 -- As 2021 draws to a close, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is releasing a report which provides a comprehensive portrait of the devastating crop and livestock losses caused by flooding during this calendar year.

The report, which provides a state-by-state summary of the effects of flooding in 2021 on crops and livestock, shows Warrap, Northern Bahr el Ghazal and Jonglei states were the most affected in terms of loss of production.

Warrap state saw an estimated loss of more than 21 126 tons of cereal production, a significant portion of the nation-wide cereal production loss which is estimated at 37 624 tons.

Livestock killed by the flooding include cattle, sheep, goats, dogs, donkeys and poultry. In Upper Nile state, it’s estimated more than 143-thousand animals died due to the floods. In Jonglei, that number is more than 251-thousand, and in Unity state, nearly 355-thousand animals were lost. Across the country, the total estimated livestock loss is 795,558 animals.

The total number of people affected by the floods is estimated at 835-thousand across the country. 

“This disastrous level of crops and livestock loss represents a significant threat to the livelihood and food security for hundreds of thousands of South Sudanese,” said Meshack Malo, FAO Representative in South Sudan.

“FAO, with support from USAID, Norway, UK, Sweden, African Development Bank and UNOCHA, has responded by providing seeds, tools and fishing kits to people affected by flooding, as well as initiating an emergency vaccination campaign to combat livestock diseases which spread more easily in flood-affected areas. But further investment and efforts will be necessary in the new year to help farmers and livestock keepers recover from the devastation caused by floods in 2021,” adds Malo.

The report is the result of an assessment conducted by FAO, the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security and state ministries of agriculture. FAO will be working with ministries at both the national and state level to address the effects of the floods in 2022.

Related documents

Flood Impact Report

Impact of Floods on Crop Production, Livestock and Food Security - SUMMARY



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