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Over 6,000 households get skills in Agriculture -FAO

By Kidega Livingstone

Over 6, 000 households in former Northern Bahr el-Ghazal and Central Equatoria have received vouchers to access milk, fish and fresh vegetables coupled with nutrition sensitization through improved food preparation and preservation techniques and adoption of basic agricultural skills.

According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) this enables households make informed choices and adopt nutrition sensitive practices and improve the nutritional status of their families since their expenditure on food decreased and availability of a variety of food, such as vegetables increased.

Concurrently, the households were provided with investment vouchers to acquire poultry, goats or sheep that would be multiplied to secure their future household nutritional needs. They were also trained on basic animal husbandry skills.

Households reported a variety of uses for the assets including feeding their children with goat milk, consuming eggs and benefitting from the marketing of their home-based production.

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the Government of South Sudan, with funding from the World Bank, provided support to vulnerable households including those with malnourished children, mothers with children under five years and lactating mothers in Bahr el-Ghazal North and Central Equatoria in South Sudan to improve access to nutritious foods and diversify diets through locally produced foods.

According to FAO it is a unique project that entails the integrated approach of combining short and medium term strategies, showcasing FAO’s resilience strategy at work. For the remainder of the year FAO will be targeting to reach a further 5 000 households with nutrition vouchers. Also, to date, FAO has reached over 1.8 million people with emergency livelihood support in the form of seeds and tools, and fishing kits to improve local production.

 

 

 

 

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