Food Security and Nutrition Vulnerability and Risk Analysis in Former Warrap and Northern Bahr el Ghazal States
Authors: Samuel Garang Akau, Augustino Ting Mayai
Type: Policy Briefs
Despite no direct politically driven armed conflict in former Northern Bahr el Ghazal and Warrap States, assessments have shown deteriorating food security and nutritional conditions. More generally, the Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) shows a growing food security problem in South Sudan, with a large proportion of people sliding into crisis and emergency food insecurity level. In order to understand the causes of increasing food insecurity and malnutrition in those states, the key IPC partners within the UN, namely FAO, UNICEF, and WFP working alongside the Ministry of Health (Department of Nutrition) and key nutrition partners within the NGOs (including SCF and ACF), have conducted an Integrated Food and Nutrition Security Causal Analysis (IFANSCA) study. Alongside the IFANSCA study, the Sudd Institute, with generous support from Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), has explored the proximal risk factors associated with vulnerabilities in the former states of Warrap and Northern Bahr el Ghazal. This brief summarizes key results by examining six major assumptions using Participatory Rural Appraisal (PRA) tools to draw information from rural households. The findings from this research have been incorporated into the IFANSCA report. However, due to their uniqueness, a longer report and this policy brief have been independently produced.
Augustino Ting Mayai is the Director of Research at the Sudd Institute. He holds a Ph.D. in Sociology, with concentrations on demography and development from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He currently studies how state effectiveness affects child health outcomes in South Sudan and Ethiopia. Dr. Mayai has written extensively on South Sudan’s current affairs.