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Livestock and livelihoods in South Sudan
Livestock is also important in South Sudan’s pastoralist and agrarian areas. In addition to the role of livestock as financial capital and food, traditional social support systems
in South Sudan are based on livestock transactions. In particular, the use of livestock as bride wealth creates social networks, with reciprocal assistance in times of hardship. An
individual’s vulnerability depends heavily on their social connectedness, and social connections are created and maintained through livestock exchanges. This critical role of livestock in South Sudan is difficult to quantify, but has huge significance in communities facing crises such as protracted conflict and market failures. Further information on the impact of conflict on livestock is provided in recent the K4D report Livestock and conflict in South Sudan