South Sudan: New conflicts threaten food supplies

| January 26, 2015

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Tensions are rising in South Sudan as displaced pastoralists migrate onto lands occupied by farming communities. Sue Lautze is a representative of the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization in South Sudan. She says these new conflicts are threatening food supplies.

Ms. Lautze says that violence has changed migration patterns, increasing strife in once reasonably peaceful areas. She continues, “We are seeing pastoralists moving into farming areas with automatic weapons. We can feel the pressure mounting.”

The migrations have caused a different kind of problem as well. The increased movement of livestock has led to the spread of diseases such as East Coast Fever, foot-and-mouth disease, and trypanosomiasis to previously uninfected areas.

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