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South Sudan Crisis Price Monitor

  • Special Report
  • South Sudan
  • May 31, 2014
South Sudan Crisis Price Monitor

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  • Key Messages
  • Key Messages
    • Markets are destroyed and have not resumed operations in several areas of central and north-central South Sudan since the outbreak of conflict in mid-December 2013. FEWS NET believes that food availability is severely constrained in Malakal and surrounding areas, in particular.

    • Despite the signing of a cease-fire agreement between the Government and opposition forces on May 9, 2014, staple food trade flows into and within Unity State remain heavily impacted by fighting. 

    • In early May, government troops took control of Nasir, which had been under opposition control since midDecember 2013. The outbreak of conflict caused the local population (including traders) to flee. Trade flows from both Malakal and Ethiopia into Nasir (Upper Nile) are now cut off, limiting local food availability. 

    • In areas of the country not directly affected by conflict (Wau, Juba, and Aweil), staple food availability and prices remained stable in April. Food prices are nevertheless believed to have doubled since December 2013 and increased by 60 percent since February in Awerial county in Lakes State due to the high local concentration of IDPs. Food availability and access constraints will be heightened inside and outside of conflict-affected areas as physical market access deteriorates during the rainy season.


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