Renewed fighting in northern Unity, southwest Upper Nile, and northern Jonglei displaced thousands of people in recent weeks. Over 40,000 people were displaced from northern Jonglei to Nyirol, Ayod, and New Fangak counties since early November, according to OCHA.
Staple food availability remains limited in many markets in Greater Upper Nile despite harvests. Poor road conditions and fuel shortages have further constrained already low levels of trade. Cereal prices in most markets in conflict-affected areas are currently three to four times higher than in the rest of the country.
Access to food will decline sharply as IDP and poor host community households exhaust food stocks by December. Food security conditions will continue to worsen in the coming months as households attempt to further expand time consuming strategies to meet food needs. Levels of Emergency (IPC Phase 4) food insecurity are likely to peak in May/June as consumption gaps grow and coping capacity weakens.