Food situation in Southern Sudan under threat: UN agencies

Increasing food prices and localized conflict in Southern Sudan could reverse recent gains in food security in the region.

Farmer harvests sorghum seeds in Sudan

The warning comes from the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Food Programme (WFP) in a report released on Wednesday.

Daniel Dickinson reports.

According to the FAO and WFP report, the number of people in need of food assistance in southern Sudan has decreased markedly.

It says that crop growing conditions were generally good in 2010 with normal and above average rainfall starting on time in most locations.

Cereal crop production is estimated at nearly 30 percent higher than the previous year.

However, the report warns that the recent gains in food security, especially in states bordering on northern Sudan such as Upper Nile and Unity, could be reversed by increasing food prices and any escalation in localized conflicts.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations. 

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