Food crisis looms for 2.7 million people South Sudan

Sudanese refugees rest near tent inside South Sudanese: UNHCR

Sudanese refugees rest near tent inside South Sudanese: UNHCR

An estimated 2.7 million people will need food assistance in South Sudan next year, according to the World Food Programme (WFP).

WFP estimates that the national grain deficit will reach 400,000 tons in 2012.

WFP says that insecurity, particularly the use of landmines and poor infrastructure are hindering humanitarian access in South Sudan.

Closures of the border between South Sudan and Sudan, the agency adds, are disrupting food trade and leading to shortages and high food prices and affecting its ability to replenish its rapidly dwindling food stocks.

WFP says it urgently needs US$92 million in order to address hunger needs in South Sudan in the first four months of 2012.

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