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Wednesday, 02 April 2014

New support to help food producers in South Sudan

United Kingdom gave $13.7 million to FAO's emergency operations to help conflict-affected families in South Sudan restore their agriculture-based livelihoods.  
"Some seven million people are facing the risk of hunger, including nearly one million people who have fled their homes as a result of the fighting and the fear it generates. It's not only people who are being displaced. Over ten million head of livestock have been taken away from their usual grazing routes," says Sue Lautze, head of FAO's team in South Sudan.
"We are working under intense deadlines" says Lautze. "We have an extremely tight window in which to deliver seeds and other vitally-needed inputs to farmers. It's already starting to rain in some areas. Once the rain comes, it is too late to plant and vast areas become inaccessible."
FAO has called for $77 million to help about 2.3 million people with immediate support which aims to help them plant rapidly-maturing vegetables and staple crops, as well as to catch fish and contain livestock diseases.
"We have an important window of opportunity to help millions of people in South Sudan, but we have no time to lose in this increasingly alarming situation," Lautze said. The objective is to ensure food availability later this year, particularly in regard of the country's current cereal production deficit of 400 000 tonnes.
Source: FAO