The five-year old nation of South Sudan has spent the majority of its time as a new country in the midst of a violent political and ethnic conflict that has displaced more than 1.5 million people. In active conflict zones, humanitarian organizations, like CARE, are coordinating emergency responses to address peoples’ most urgent needs; however not all of South Sudan is mired in this humanitarian crisis. There are stable communities that represent hope for the young nation.
More than 80 per cent of South Sudan’s population live in rural areas and are dependent upon agriculture to earn an income (African Development Bank, 2013).
Agriculture is thus central to the economy of South Sudan, however, the aggregate toll of destruction and disinvestment from decades of conflict have devastated South Sudan’s agricultural sector, debilitating infrastructure, institutions, support services and human capital.
There is opportunity and hope, particularly in the communities of Eastern Equatoria, Central Equatoria, Western Equatoria, Lakes, Warrap, Northern Bahr el Ghazal and Western Bahr el Ghazal. Many of these communities are relatively stable and must become more resilient to serve as stabilizing buffer zones that can reduce the spread of conflict and build the foundation for sustained economic growth and improved food security and livelihoods.
What CARE is Doing:
The FEED project supports communities outside of active conflict zones to empower specific counties by improving access to food and increasing income earning potential for families. Addressing the challenges the country is facing and improving the agricultural sector is necessary for South Sudan’s immediate recovery from conflict and the achievement of its long-term development goals.
CARE, in partnership with World Vision and Oxfam (and undertaken with the financial support of the Government of Canada provided through Global Affairs Canada) work with national partners in South Sudan such as the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, the Ministry of Physical Infrastructure and the Ministry of Education Science and Technology, Youth, Culture and Sports in order to multiply the impact beyond the project itself.
The first outcome of the project focuses on farming technique and training, developing marketplaces to sell produce, ensuring food is not wasted and risk is reduced.
The second outcome addresses deep rooted social assumptions about women, men, boys and girls that prevent women from participating in food production and market activity.
- To reach 60,000 households: 215,000 direct beneficiaries (135,645 female and 79,499 male) and 215,000 direct beneficiaries (135,645 female and 79,499 male)
- To reach approximately 353,000 indirect beneficiaries