Two-thirds of South Sudanese food insecure

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Some 3.7 million people are now facing acute or emergency levels of food insecurity.

Up to 7 million people in South Sudan, nearly two thirds of the total population, are not getting enough access to food according to the United Nations.

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said 3.7 million were already facing acute or emergency levels of food insecurity.

The UN's food agency said that the ongoing political violence in South Sudan meant that markets had collapsed and the local infrastructure damaged.

It added that foreign traders had fled and commodity supply corridors were disrupted.

Over 870,000 South Sudanese have fled their homes since fighting broke out in mid-December.

That is more than double the number of displaced people recorded just three weeks ago.

There are fears that the fighting is throwing the agricultural sector into turmoil at a time when preparations should be underway for cultivation or harvests.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations

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