South Sudan’s long wars have forced millions of people to leave their own homes, farms and pastures and move to unfamiliar new areas of the countryside, to refugee camps and cities. In the process, they have changed the way they get and eat basic foods. Many remember the tastes of the old days: flavourful, satisfying sorghums, millets and other staples like cassava, which are grown from local seeds at home—South Sudan is fabulously biodiverse, and has dozens of unclassified local seed varieties. Now, many eat blander grains like maize, purchased at markets. The displacement of millions of rural producers has made South Sudan one of the hungriest places on earth—and caused a chronic cereal deficit. Neighbouring countries with grain surpluses now supply a huge proportion of the grain calories consumed in South Sudan. explains how South Sudan’s reliance on regional grain markets is shaping its international relations. But it also looks in detail at everyday life: how homegrown grains give South Sudan’s diverse cultures flavours, memories, meanings and rituals.
South Sudan’s Changing Tastes: Conflict, Displacement and Food Imports
South Sudan is one of the hungriest places on earth – this report explains how reliance on regional grain markets is shaping its international relations.