South Sudan: fighting food insecurity – South Sudan
In the youngest country in the world, of the 11.2 million South Sudanese living in the country, 8.3 million are in need of humanitarian assistance or protection.
The protracted nature of the conflict has resulted in an increased need for resources related to water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), as well as food security and livelihoods (FSL). The increased need for basic resources is compounded by the recurrence of natural disasters, especially floods and droughts, which destroy homes and undermine people’s livelihoods, leading to more displacement.
In Raja County, Western Bahr el-Ghazal State, communities depend on agriculture and fishing. In order to cope with the consequences of droughts and floods, SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL has contributed to improving food security and the means of subsistence of 2,400 families, thanks to the support of the Interministerial Committee for Food Aid (CIAA).
In order to curb the negative consequences, crop and vegetable seeds, tools and means of transport were distributed to local farmers. Trainings were also conducted by food security and livelihoods specialists on sustainable agricultural practices and best post-harvest techniques.
In order to ensure the effectiveness of the project, SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL consulted the communities, groups of farmers and local technical experts, before the start of the activities, to select the seeds and tools best suited locally and meet the preferences of the populations. . Seeds (including sorghum, groundnut, eggplant, tomato, pumpkin, etc.) were purchased through local entrepreneurs and distributed to communities in August 2021.
Following the distributions, some of the seeds were sown in demonstration plots located near water sources and easily accessible to communities.
SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL worked with 19 food security and livelihood trainers from Raja County who provided technical training to 105 groups of farmers on sustainable agronomic practices and post-harvest management techniques. Field trainers also made weekly visits to demonstration plots to monitor seed progress and provide technical advice to farmers.
Hassan, who owns a small farm near the house where he lives with his family of 8, is one of the farmers who have benefited from the support of SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL via CIAA funding.
Her family received crop and vegetable kits consisting of sorghum, groundnut, tomato, eggplant, onion, okra, carrot and amaranth. They also received a tool kit consisting of a locally made rake, hoe and axe. He is very satisfied with the seeds and tools distributed and he told SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL of the importance for him and his family of having access to productive inputs to restore their means of subsistence, since most of their goods have been destroyed. lost or stolen during the war that affected the Raja. domain until 2018.