Children and families camp on a United Nations base in South Sudan to be safe from rival militias. They depend on food aid to live.
Conflict-weary South Sudan may avert a famine in 2014 thanks to emergency aid efforts and healthy agricultural production in various regions, but more aid is needed to avoid food insecurity next year.
Across South Sudan, food security is expected to improve through December due to normal levels of rainfall and good crop yield in areas far from turmoil.
“There is no evidence of famine this year. But it’s expected we will have widespread food insecurity in 2015,” says Caroline Maua, a World Vision food security specialist in Juba, South Sudan’s capital.
Since December 2013, 1.4 million people have been displaced due to conflict and more than 2 million are currently experiencing crisis- or emergency-level food insecurity, according to the Integrated Food Security Phase Classification, a scale for improving food security analysis and decision-making.
Spring could be a mean season.
As many as 2.5 million people — about one in five nationwide — are threatened by hunger by March if governments and aid organizations are unable to provide aid to those in dire need.
World Vision staff in South Sudan has helped nearly 420,000 people with supplies such as food, water, sanitation services, household essentials, blankets, and mosquito nets since conflict broke out in December 2013.
Written by Chris Huber
Photo © 2014 Abraham Nhial Wei / World Vision
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