Millions in South Sudan face hunger

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Millions of people in South Sudan will face hunger this year if urgent action is not taken, according to a joint report issued by two United Nation agencies.

The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Food Programme (WFP) are warning that the food insecurity situation in South Sudan is rapidly approaching a crisis level .

The report says over 4.7 million people are facing food shortages this year up from 3.3 million in 2011.

Insufficient rainfall, conflict and displacements have contributed to poor harvests. However the large number of returnees into South Sudan following the declaration of independence has increased demand for food.

That has resulted in higher prices which are out of reach for already vulnerable communities.

The two agencies are warning that the number of people facing food shortages could double in the coming months unless concerted efforts are put in place to prevent insecurity, internal conflict and displacements.

WFP and FAO are seeking to raise over $183 million to provide emergency assistance and agricultural support to vulnerable communities in South Sudan.

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