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Netherlands contributes six million US$ for Emergency response

By Morris Dogga

The Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to South Sudan, Geert Geut, and the Representative of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations in South Sudan, Serge Tissot, signed an arrangement for the contribution of six million US dollars by the Netherlands to FAO last Friday.

The money was contributed for the pool-funded Emergency Livelihood and Resilience Programme. The pool-funded Emergency Livelihood and Resilience Programme aims at increasing 3.9 million peoples’ abilities to produce their own food by providing them with fishing, crops-vegetable-growing kits.

Over eighty percent of South Sudanese depend solely on agriculture for their livelihood, however lack of proper fishing equipment, quality seeds and planting materials severely constrains yields. By saving livelihoods, lives are saved, said FAO in a statement released yesterday.

Livestock, particularly cattle, goats and sheep are important social and economic assets in South Sudan and under this programme, FAO said it will protect these animals through the vaccination and treatment campaign targeting up to 7.4 million animals.

“We are much honoured to receive this generous donation from the Government of the Netherlands, which comes at a critical time for the people of South Sudan,” Serge Tissot, FAO Representative in South Sudan said.

“Our latest assessments show that in 2018, FAO must respond to the highest levels of food insecurity ever reported, making this funding critical,” he added.

According to the statement, the households targeted with this funding will hail from the most food insecure regions, specifically those residing in areas, which are classified according to the internationally-agreed scale as having Emergency, Crisis and Famine levels of food insecurity.

The latest Integrated Food Security Phase Classification report released last week indicated 4.8 million people are experiencing acute food insecurity, of which 25 000 people are facing catastrophic conditions of food insecurity in two counties; Wau  in Wau State and Ayod of Jonglei State.

On his part, Mr. Geert Geut, ambassador of the Netherlands to South Sudan said, “Netherlands was very pleased to contribute with other donors to this programme, as it is an important element in our collective effort to improve food security in South Sudan.”

“The programme will work with 650 thousand households throughout the country and helps farmers, livestock keepers and fishermen, many of them women, to survive and create a decent source of living again,” Ambassador Geut added.

With this generous contribution from the Government of the Kingdom of Netherlands – along with contributions from UK AID, the United States Agency for International development(USAID), OFDA, the Kingdom of Norway, The World Bank, SSHF and the Vatican, FAO’s Emergency Livelihood and Resilience Programme in South Sudan is 28 percent funded.

The statement further said FAO still requires forty-five million US dollars in additional funding for the programme in 2018 to meet its targets.

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