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Three donor countries visit Aweil state

Representatives of three donor countries and four UN agencies have jointly visited Aweil state on Monday.

The visit is to assess the progress of the Recovery and Stabilization pilot programme being implemented in the State.

The donor countries are represented by the Japanese Ambassador Kiya Masahiko, the Swedish Ambassador Henric Rasbrant, and Bernhard Worm, the German head of Development Corporation,

The UN agencies include UNICEF, UNDP, UNFAO, and WFP who are jointly rolling out the recovery and stabilization pilot project in Aweil state.

Stallon Jean Luk, UNDP Acting Country Director said the visit is to assess the progress of the project and determine opportunities to help the joint UN agencies in implementing the recovery and stabilization program for the country.

He said the recovery and stabilization program being implemented jointly by UNDP, UNICEF, FAO, and WFP aims at scaling up strategic response to the deteriorating food insecurity for the millions of South Sudanese who are either starving or are on the brink of famine.

“The main pillars of the program comprise of food security, generation of sustainable livelihoods, and reinvigoration of the local economy while restoring basic services and strengthening community security, peace and social cohesion in targeted areas,” he said.

Luk said the program will be rolled out to all the four regions of the country if the pilot project in Aweil state bears satisfactory results.

He said the donors visited the site of the projects to get the sense of what is happening on the ground, and to determine how they can expand the project.

Luk revealed that the next step would be to Yambio, Bentiu, and Bor if the donors can avail the 15 million us dollars per site.

Kiya Masahiko, the Japanese Ambassador said he hopes the comprehensive support will stabilize the more peaceful areas, and can be replicated in more other states of the country.

Simon Ober Mawut, the Deputy Governor (now acting governor) who welcomed the delegation said their visit manifests the existence of peace in the state.

He said the state will not disappoint the donors and will ensure the success of their project in the state. “Nothing will interrupt the recovery and stabilization projects that are now being implemented,” he said.

He said some people were worried by the changes in the political leadership of the state, “but we sat as leadership of the state and agreed that we need not to disappoint our donors and our friends.” “We will have to implement every project, the reforms that we have now embarked on will not be affected in any way,” he said.

The donors and the four UN agencies visited UNDP vocational skills training Centre and community market in Aweil town; WFP food distribution site in Makuac Awiit in Aweil town, WFP/ BRACE 2 resilience group farming at Kuom, and the UNICEF/WFP nutrition Centre in Maduny.

According to the joint recovery and stabilization program, UNICEF and FAO would plan and build community water storage systems simultaneously to cater for the needs of humans and livestock consumption.

FAO and UNDP would also bring together synergies for incentivizing agricultural production and exchange through linking up the farmers to the markets, and small businesses.

FAO and UNICEF would work with the communities on growing selected crops linked to school feeding to augment nutritional support.

By Jale Richard

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