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Gov’t hails FAO emergency livelihood response

The Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security are working hard to strengthen livelihoods through emergency crop, vegetable and fishing kit distribution in Juba.

The livelihood response programme has been welcomed by the government.

FAO’s officer-in-charge highlighted the importance of the approach saying they are recognizing the critical need to tackle food insecurity by providing people with an opportunity to produce their own food.

“With these livelihood kits, families can grow vegetables, as well as cowpea and sorghum and take advantage of the water sources along the Nile basin to catch fish, providing vital and nutritious food that benefits their families and even their communities,” the statement reads.

Meanwhile Onyoti Adigo Nyikwec, the Minister of Agriculture and Food Security earlier confirmed the necessity of the FAO’s emergency livelihood response programme.

“Food security is the concern of all people, but the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security and its partners like FAO will be the main engine of the change by supporting farmers with relevant agricultural tools, seeds and training,” he said.

At the launch of the kits distribution, FAO thanked the ministry of agriculture for its support to FAO’s emergency livelihood response programme. The event concluded with the distribution of the emergency crop, vegetable and fishing kits.

In 2007 alone about 900,000 households have been targeted for support across the country, and with current the funding FAO has already reached 466,666 households with livelihood assistance, according to FAO.

However, the organization said the economic crisis has strained both urban and pre-urban populations which are more dependent on markets and wages for their livelihood, according to FAO.

World Vision (WV) is a key partner to FAO in many countries, and our partnership in South Sudan is particularly critical in addressing the extraordinary levels of food security in the country. In Juba it has been a strong partner in distributing crops, vegetable and fishing kits. In partnership with the Ministry of Agriculture, WV has provided training to farmers on improved methods of farming including post-harvest handling and value addition.

“Through this partnership with FAO, World Vision is using an integrated approach that builds on other food and livelihood projects for sustainability and improved food security for 21,000 households in former Central and Warrap states. For central equatorial, the project is supporting 14,000 households in Juba and pre-urban areas which adds up to close to 80 000,” says Perry Mansfield, National Director for World Vision South Sudan.

By Scovia Duku

 

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