FAO: South Sudan Facing Risk Of Famine /1/

FAO is advocating for a combined approach to enhance food production and contribute to food security and nutrition; protecting livestock and other productive assets while providing life-saving food production kits in conflict-affected areas, and boosting production in areas less affected by conflict to ensure a minimum level of agricultural production .

“FAO has adapted most of its development initiatives and amplified its resilience work,” added Gustafson. “Our purpose is to mobilize maximum resources to address the dual imperative of tackling the critical food and nutrition crisis while also supporting the livelihoods of the viable but vulnerable producers in other parts of the country.”
To date, FAO has distributed 64 500 emergency livelihood kits, and another 110 000 kits are scheduled for distribution over the next two weeks.

The crop and vegetable seed kits help families capitalize on any access to land, even small plots, to plant different types of seeds and diversity their diets, while fishing kits provide the means to fish rivers and swamps for a source of protein that can be dried, smoked and preserved.

Protecting livestock is also essential, cattle in particular as a source of milk, and because animals are often the only assets displaced people can take with them, exchanging them for cash or grain in times of crisis.

With additional funding, the Organization will be able to support a total of 450 000 households in 2014 and preposition livelihood support for 116 000 households in the first three months of 2015.

Donors who have contributed to FAO’s response so far are Belgium, Canada, Denmark, , the United Kingdom, the United States of America, the Africa Solidarity Trust Fund, the European Commission Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection (ECHO) and the UN’s Common Humanitarian Fund.

OCHA estimates that a total of 4 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance in South Sudan and more than 1.3 million people have fled from their homes since the onset of conflict in December 2013. OCHA expects one in two South Sudanese to be severely affected by December 2014.(END)

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