Humanitarian needs must take priority in South Sudan, warn aid agencies

Published on 19 December 2011

Hillary Clinton, the US secretary of state, indicated that America would partner with the private sector to help supply advanced seeds and other technologies to boost farmers' yields in South Sudan, which she said was in need of "intensive care" from the international community. (..) However, aid agencies cautioned that the excitement about investment opportunities should not overshadow the country's immediate humanitarian needs. (..) WFP's South Sudan director, Chris Nikoi, said: "A gathering storm of hunger is approaching South Sudan, caused by crop failure and market disruption. Food prices have already doubled or tripled in some areas, leaving hundreds of thousands of young children vulnerable to malnutrition at a key developmental stage of their young lives."

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