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Large-scale food security crises to continue in South Sudan and Yemen

  • Key Message Update
  • East Africa
  • September 2016
Large-scale food security crises to continue in South Sudan and Yemen

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  • Key Messages
  • Key Messages
    • In conflict-affected South Sudan, Emergency (IPC Phase 4) acute food insecurity is widespread in parts of Greater Upper Nile (GUN) and Greater Bahr el Ghazal as households face significant food consumption gaps, high levels of malnutrition, and elevated risk of mortality. In Northern Bahr el Ghazal, some households face an extreme lack of food and are in Catastrophe (IPC Phase 5). While harvests starting in October should slightly improve food security, severe disruptions to livelihoods, exacerbated by continued conflict, are likely to limit improvements.

    • Many areas of Ethiopia worst affected by El Niño-related drought in 2015 will continue to be in Crisis (IPC Phase 3) through at least September, with more than 10 million people in need of continued humanitarian assistance. Meher harvests starting in October should improve household food access and lead to improvements in food security. However, parts of SNNPR and central and eastern Oromia are drier than normal, leading to prospects for below-average production in some areas. 

    • In Jebel Marra and SPLM-N controlled areas in South Kordofan and Blue Nile in Sudan, conflict, displacement, and limitations on movement have disrupted access to food, income, markets, and humanitarian assistance, resulting in Emergency (IPC Phase 4) outcomes. El Niño-driven drought during the 2015 production season has likewise reduced access to food and income for poor households, in parts of North Darfur, North Kordofan, and Kassala, leading to Crisis (IPC Phase 3) food insecurity. 

    • A major food security crisis is expected to continue in Yemen, as conflict continues to displace households, disrupt markets, and result in above-average food prices. An estimated seven to 10 million people require humanitarian assistance and are in Crisis (IPC Phase 3 or 3!) or Emergency (IPC Phase 4). Food security outcomes are expected to be worst in Ta’izz Governorate, and approximately 2.7 million people remain displaced nationwide. 

    • Below-average rainfall during the October to December rainy seasons in southern and southeastern Ethiopia, northern and northeastern Kenya, and central and southern Somalia is likely to lead to below-average crop production and limited livestock productivity in agro-pastoral and pastoral areas. As a result, a deterioration in food security is likely in these areas between October 2016 and January 2017.  

    This Key Message Update provides a high-level analysis of current acute food insecurity conditions and any changes to FEWS NET's latest projection of acute food insecurity outcomes in the specified geography. Learn more here.

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