South Sudan

Presence Country
August 2015


Key Messages
  • Acute food insecurity remains severe in the conflict-affected states of Unity, Jonglei, and Upper Nile where large areas remain in Emergency (IPC Phase 4), despite the seasonal shift from the lean season to the harvest period. Emergency humanitarian assistance needs remain high.  

  • Seasonal rains improved in recent weeks enabling crop conditions to recover from moisture stress caused by prolonged dry spells in June and July. August rainfall was near-average in most areas, but increasingly below-average in the southeastern Equatoria states and in eastern parts of Jonglei and Upper Nile states, where deficits of 25 to 100 millimeters were observed. Cumulative June to August rains were average, despite erratic seasonal performance in June and July and rainfall deficits in eastern areas. 

  • Green harvests, currently underway in most unimodal areas, are contributing to increased food access and improving consumption, especially among poor households.  Green harvesting in Greater Upper Nile (GUN) is expected to begin in September, one to two months later than normal, due to conflict-related delays in planting, and replanting after early season crop loss. Significant reductions in area cultivated will limit green crop availability in conflict-affected areas.

  • A continued decline in acute food insecurity is expected during the remainder of 2015 due to improved food access during the harvest period. However, in GUN, these improvements are likely to last only in the short-term. Large production deficits will limit recovery from prolonged food deficits experienced this year, in addition to the cumulative impacts of two consecutive severe and extended lean seasons.

Weather, Climate, and Agriculture

Remote Sensing Imagery

Sep 2015

Dekad 3 (21st - 30st)
Sep 2015

Dekad 3 (21st - 30st)
Sep 2015

Dekad 3 (21st - 30st)
Sep 2015

Dekad 3 (21st - 30st)
Feb 2015

Dekad 3 (21st - 28st)
Seasonal Calendar
December 2013


Livelihoods Zone Narrative

Livelihood Zone Map
Seasonal Monitoring Calendar


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