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Thursday, 17 November 2016

Food Security to Improve in most Areas due to Expected above Average Harvest – FEWS NET

(OCHA) A new report by FEWS NET on food security in Sudan states that the 2016-2017 harvest, starting in October/November, is expected to significantly reduce

the number of people in Crisis level or higher of food insecurity (Crisis level is equivalent to Phase 3 of the Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC)).
An increase in food produced by households for their own consumption, a reduction in staple food prices, improved harvest labour opportunities and increased livestock productivity should improve access to food and result in Minimal (IPC Phase 1) or Stressed (IPC Phase 2) levels of food security in most areas, according to the FEWS NET report.
 FEWS NET provides a projected outlook on food security across Sudan based on analysis of current national agricultural and food security conditions, climatic evidence and other factors affecting food security.
However, according to FEWS NET, conflict, insecurity, and additional displacement will continue to drive Crisis (IPC Phase 3) acute food insecurity in parts of South Kordofan and Blue Nile states and the Jebel Marra area in Darfur between October 2016 and May 2017. In conflict areas, limited access to cultivatable land is likely to reduce production at the household level, while dry spells in September are likely to result in below-average production in parts of South Kordofan and North Darfur.
Rainfall was above average in many areas during most of the main 2016 rainy season (June to September), leading to possible good harvests and the likelihood for above-average 2016/17 crop production and pasture regeneration in Sudan.