Violent conflict in Unity and Upper Nile states since late April has displaced over 100,000 people in Unity alone, according to aid agency estimates. The majority humanitarian agencies have temporarily suspended operations in central and southern Unity and parts of Upper Nile including Malakal and Melut counties. Many markets in these areas are significantly disrupted or not functioning.
Staple food prices rose sharply in April in Juba, Wau, and Aweil, limiting access to markets during the lean season when poor households increase reliance on markets for food.
Food insecurity is currently at Crisis (IPC Phase 3) and Emergency (IPC Phase 4) levels across large areas of South Sudan. Although food security will improve in late July/early August as green harvesting begins, Emergency (IPC Phase 4) will likely persist across much of Greater Upper Nile through September, given expectations of limited cultivation in conflict-affected areas.