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Presence Country
Special Report

South Sudan Crisis Price Monitor

June 2014

IPC 2.0 Acute Food Insecurity Phase

1: Minimal
2: Stressed
3: Crisis
4: Emergency
5: Famine
Would likely be at least one phase worse without current or programmed humanitarian assistance
FEWS NET classification is IPC-compatible. IPC-compatible analysis follows key IPC protocols but does not necessarily reflect the consensus of national food security partners.

IPC 2.0 Acute Food Insecurity Phase

1: Minimal
2: Stressed
3+: Crisis or higher
Would likely be at least one phase worse without
current or programmed humanitarian assistance
FEWS NET classification is IPC-compatible. IPC-compatible analysis follows key IPC protocols but does not necessarily reflect the consensus of national food security partners.
FEWS NET Remote Monitoring countries use a colored outline to represent the highest IPC classification in areas of concern.

IPC 2.0 Acute Food Insecurity Phase

Presence countries:
1: Minimal
2: Stressed
3: Crisis
4: Emergency
5: Famine
Remote monitoring
countries:
1: Minimal
2: Stressed
3+: Crisis or higher
Would likely be at least one phase worse without
current or programmed humanitarian assistance
FEWS NET Remote Monitoring countries use a colored outline to represent the highest IPC classification in areas of concern.

Key Messages

  • Staple food prices varied considerably across South Sudan in May. Prices are highest and most variable in conflictaffected areas of Jonglei, Unity, and Upper Nile States were many markets are destroyed and have not resumed operations since mid-December 2013. Market access has been further constrained in many areas due to the seasonal deterioration of road conditions due to heavy rainfall.

  • In Maiwut County (Upper Nile), the price of sorghum is up to 25 SSP/KG, over six times the price observed in Juba. In Eastern Mayom County (Unity), the prices of sorghum, maize, and milk are five times their respective 2013 levels. The livestock auction in Leer (Unity State) is operational, but bull and fish prices are approximately 50 percent lower than their respective 2013 levels. Most people are bartering livestock for cereals and seeds (cash is used for other purchases).

  • The route between Payinjiar County (Unity) and Ayod County (Jonglei) has been cut off due to insecurity. Traders from Panyijar County (Unity) now travel by river to Dhaiom Port in Duk County (Jonglei) to buy sorghum, sugar, and maize. Traders from Leer country currently travel to Panyijar and Mayom counties for supplies.

  • Sorghum and maize prices outside of conflict-affected areas remained unseasonably stable or continued to decrease in May due to relatively weak demand coupled with the availability of local production from the October to February harvest, imports from Sudan and Uganda, and the availability of relief commodities(particularly in Aweil).

     

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About FEWS NET

The Famine Early Warning Systems Network is a leading provider of early warning and analysis on food insecurity. Created by USAID in 1985 to help decision-makers plan for humanitarian crises, FEWS NET provides evidence-based analysis on some 28 countries. Implementing team members include NASA, NOAA, USDA, and USGS, along with Chemonics International Inc. and Kimetrica. Read more about our work.

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