#AceFoodNews – SOUTH SUDAN – May 07 – Having just met with displaced, war-weary South Sudanese sheltering in United Nations compounds, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged immediate help to end hunger and malnutrition around the world, warning that up to a million people could be at risk of famine in a matter of months.
“In South Sudan, I saw a country on the brink of a food security calamity,” Mr. Ban told the Rome-based Committee on World Food Security, whose members include the UN Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO), the UN World Food Programme (WFP) and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD).
“UN peacekeepers are sheltering about 80,000 people in a fragile yet important advance in upholding our commitment to protect civilians. But those outside the gates also need our assistance,” he said, having seen just yesterday the hardships faced by families staying at the Tomping civilian protection site during his visit to South Sudan to push for a political settlement to the county’s months-long.
Overall in South Sudan, millions of people displaced by politically-motivated violence are hungry and hundreds of thousands are suffering from extremely high levels of malnutrition. With fighting disrupting the planting period and the rainy season now under-way, the situation is only going to get worse, the UN chief stressed.
“We will not eliminate extreme poverty or achieve sustainable development without adequate food and nutrition for all,” Mr. Ban said highlighting the importance of food security to the global agenda. “We cannot know peace or security if one in eight people are hungry.”
UN agencies and humanitarian partners, present at today’s meeting, have been working in South Sudan, as well as other protracted crisis situations, such as the Central African Republic (CAR) and Syria.
Since December, WFP and partners have reached more than 502,000 people in South Sudan alone, according to April figures.
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