31 Dec 2014
Social stability is being jeopardized in South Sudan by the displacement of millions of cattle due to the ongoing political conflict, according to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).
The UN agency said that increased movement of livestock along unusual migratory routes in order to avoid violence has created tensions between farming communities.
In recent months, teams of FAO livestock experts have crossed South Sudan, conducting dozens of disease investigations and monitoring missions.
They have flagged what they call “worrying” new animal disease patterns, intensifying violence over access to land for grazing, and worsening livestock conditions.
In some locations, farmers have cut the amount of land they are planting by as much as 40 per cent.
This has caused the price of some basic foods to quadruple.
In 2015, the UN estimates that the number of people who are severely food insecure in South Sudan will rise to 2.5 million.
Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.