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South Sudan Crisis Price Monitor

  • Special Report
  • South Sudan
  • February 28, 2015
South Sudan Crisis Price Monitor

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  • Key Messages
  • Key Messages
    • The ongoing domestic conflict continued to disrupt both domestic and cross-border trade in South Sudan in January and early February (Figure 1). The contributed to continued scarcity of staple foods and exceptionally high prices in the conflict-affected areas of Unity, Jonglei, and Upper Nile States. Recent fuel shortages and the depreciating value of the SSP on parallel currency markets affected trader and market activities in January.

    • Food supplies remain limited in many areas of the conflict-affected Greater Upper Nile (GUN) States. This is despite the seasonal improvement in physical market access. Rising tension in Renk and Nasir (Upper Nile) and Rubkona and Bentiu (Unity State) in February affected recently resumed trade flows. Despite the current increasing tension in some areas, market actvities increased in recent months in the relatively more stable southern counties of Unity State. For example, market supplies increased in Panyijiar, Leer, Koch, and Mayendit countries in January, thereby easing pressure on prices.

    • Seasonal improvements in road access between Juba and Bor in January allowed for increased market supplies along that trade route. Forward trader access from Bor to Twic East and Pibor countries has improved as well.

    • In Lakes States, markets continued to function normally in January. Roads from Juba through Mvolo and Yirol have become operational. However, the number of traders and volumes traded remain below pre-crisis levels.


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