South Sudan: Record-breaking levels of harvest-time hunger

| April 11, 2016

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South Sudan is experiencing its highest rates of harvest-time hunger since 2010, as a result of conflict, economic hardship, and poor rains. According to the UN Food and Agriculture Agency and the World Food Programme, cereal prices have increased by nearly fivefold in a year.

According to the two UN agencies, nearly 50 per cent of people in South Sudan are moderately or severely food insecure, meaning they do not have enough to eat or cannot afford the food that is available.

Transportation costs have risen because of violence and roadblocks, which affects cereal prices. Poor rains and smaller harvests have also affected prices.

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Photo: South Sudanese children carry firewood on their heads in the SPLA-IO rebel control area in the Southern part of Unity State Paynjiar County, March 20, 2015. Credit: REUTERS/Denis Dumo