As conflict in South Sudan continues, Mercy Corps recognizes the importance of local markets, which sustain vulnerable communities during times of chronic and acute food insecurity. Unfortunately, since the country descended into crisis in December 2013, these markets have been disrupted and more and more people are struggling to meet their food and livelihood needs.
In order to better understand these disruptions and to determine areas where immediate assistance is needed, Mercy Corps conducted two Emergency Market Mapping Analyses (EMMAs) in Leer and Abienmhom Counties in heavily conflict-affected Unity State in South Sudan. These EMMAs focus on the condition of current livestock, sorghum, and sheep and goat markets, which traditionally provide a means of survival for vulnerable households.
Through these assessments, these reports identify how best the humanitarian aid community should move forward to ensure the survival and safeguard of these households in the face of critical food insecurity.