Food Security and Nutrition Vulnerability and Risk Analysis in Former Warrap and Northern Bahr el Ghazal States St
Organization: The Sudd Institute
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 the 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.
Zacharia Diing Akol is the Director of Training at the Sudd Institute. Diing has extensive experience in community outreach, government and organizational leadership. He is currently working on M.Res./Ph.D. in political science at the London School of Economics. Diing’s research interests include the role of civil society organizations in peacebuilding, traditional leadership and democratic governance, post-conflict reconstruction, faith and public policy, and the dynamics of civil war.
Before co-founding the Sudd Institute Diing served as a consultant for the Government of South Sudan, evaluating parliamentary activities and government programs. He was also a Transitional Justice Fellow at the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation in Cape Town, South Africa, a Project Luke Fellow at the Overseas Ministries Studies Center in New Haven, Connecticut, USA. Diing has facilitated short courses on conflict resolution, peace building, leadership and administration in Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA, Malakal and Renk, South Sudan and given public lectures on Sudan and South Sudan at numerous universities across the United States.
Diing holds a Master’s degree in Peace and Justice Studies from the University of San Diego and two Bachelor’s degrees from Michigan State University in Public Policy & Administration and Policy & Applied Economics.
James Alic Garang is a co-founder and scholar at The Sudd Institute. His areas of interest include macroeconomics, banking/financial inclusion and development economics.
James has in the past participated in host of academic and professional undertakings, including internships at the African Development in Tunisia, as a lead evaluator on the Banking Sector during the “Comprehensive Evaluation of the Government of South Sudan, 2006-2010”, and board member serving on a number of charitable organizations.
A McNair Scholar, and member of Omicron Delta Epsilon, the international honor society in the field of economics, James holds a Bachelor of Science (with honors) in economics from the University of Utah. James holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
James is a Senior Economist with a sister policy institute, the Ebony Center for Strategic Studies (ECSS).
Augustino Ting Mayai is the Director of Research at the Sudd Institute and an Assistant Professor at the University of Juba’s School of Public Service. He holds a PhD 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.