While number of people experiencing severe food insecurity across South Sudan in the October-December period is likely to increase by 1.4 million from a year earlier to reach 4.8 million, the number marks a drop from six million in June this year.
According to the UN, food insecurity in the country will deteriorate in the by the beginning of next year.
Although the African country is currently in the harvest season, it has not managed to produce enough food to feed the hungry, UN says.
“The harvest season has not brought much relief to the millions of people in South Sudan who don’t have enough food,” said Serge Tissot, South Sudan Representative of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), in a press statement.
“The country’s greenbelt has been ravaged by fighting, and finding a peaceful solution to this man-made tragedy should be the top priority or the situation will get even worse next year,” he said.
Surveys have shown that malnutrition in various communities have crossed WHO’s emergency threshold of 15 per cent, and estimated that 1.1 million children under the age of five are to be malnourished in 2018.
The food prices too are high in South Sudan, with prices of food items such as sorghum, maize, and wheat flour increasing by 281 per cent compared to last year,. This had reached up to 560 per cent during May, the peak of the lean season.