Up to 1.2 million people in South Sudan are at risk of going hungry in 2012 due to a drop in the country’s food production, the Food and Agriculture Organization said based on its recent assessment of crop production in the country.
This threat of food shortage in Africa’s newly independent state comes amid internal insecurity, continued fighting along its border, erratic rains and an influx of returning citizens from Sudan.
“Although we’re not in a drought like the Horn of Africa, it’s bad and it’s getting worse. So you’ve got the world’s newest country facing a major food security problem,” Lise Grande, in charge of coordinating U.N. Humanitarian efforts in the country, said, according to Agence-France Press.
FAO’s latest estimate of South Sudanese under threat of food shortage is significantly higher than last year’s estimate of 970,000, the agency noted.
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