Experts analyse of South Sudan’s food insecurity

Experts analyse of South Sudan’s food insecurity

The government and partners are probing the country’s food insecurity, which is endangering the lives of the South Sudanese, estimated to be millions. 

The Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) partners convened in Juba yesterday to assess the extent and scope of the country’s acute food insecurity and malnutrition. 

South Sudan’s IPC National Coordinator, Philip Dau Thong, said the specialists from the partner organisations will hold a two-week workshop to examine the degree of food insecurity the country is experiencing. 

He said all five levels—minimal, strained, crisis, emergency, and famine—would be covered by the analysis.

“All of these levels must be examined in light of the available data for IPC to determine the country’s actual degree of food security.” Additionally, we regularly collect data across the nation to get to this point,” Thong said.

He said IPC allies, which include governments, UN agencies, NGOs, civil society, and other pertinent actors, will use the event to classify the situation according to their classes.

The assessment will indicate exactly which country’s population, groups, and other categories are in a specific phase, which enables them to use the correct response objectives to the situation.

Mr. Thong said that the event would pave the way for a multi-stakeholder forum that would include all of the partners to analyse the outcomes of the workshops.

“This is where the last result will be released, and this may be possible in November or December,” he stressed.

“This is the process to determine the magnitude of food insecurity and acute malnutrition situations in the country, according to internationally-recognised scientific standards,” Thong added.

Situation got worse

According to the UN report, South Sudan’s acute malnutrition is already at critical levels in many areas of the Upper Nile, Great Bahr el Ghazal, as well as other parts of the Equatoria region of the country.

Worsening food security conditions and limited access to clean water have been reported in the country.

About the IPC

The Integrated Phase Classification (IPC) is a landmark in the fight against food insecurity. Widely accepted by the international community, the IPC describes the severity of food emergencies.

Based on common standards and language, this five-phase scale is intended to help governments and other humanitarian actors to quickly understand a crisis (or potential crisis) and take action.

The IPC’s main goal is to provide decision-makers with a rigorous, evidence-based, and consensus-based analysis of food insecurity and acute malnutrition situations to inform emergency responses as well as medium- and long-term policy and programming.