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UNIDO, Japan to train 250 women in Agribusiness

By Morris Dogga

United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the Embassy of Japan on Monday launched a project targeting 250 vulnerable women to be trained on food processing, business management and entrepreneurship skills.

The project targets beneficiaries who are mostly from communities hosting Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and small business producers engaged in agricultural production, food processing and marketing chain with linkage to IDP hosting communities.

The training is aimed at increasing resilience and self-help capacities for reconstruction of livelihoods and sustained food security in the country.

The 250 women drawn from Kasaba area in Kator and Manga-teen are expected to be trained on Bakery and cookery skills as well as how to establish agribusiness in stabilized communities.

Kiya Masahiko, the outgoing Japanese ambassador to South Sudan said during the launch that it was important the grassroots levels are equipped with agricultural and business skills, adding  “the fact that the country has oil and minerals, it is not sustainable; they do not reach the grassroots level.”

He revealed his country views the agriculture sector as a core industry that is why they are providing the support for the women so that they can become independent.

UNIDO’s Chief technical advisor Ram Kishore Prasad Singh said the aim was to support integration of women and youth in productive and income generating activities.

He said it is important the private sector in the country is developed to facilitate quicker recovery from the long conflict and the reconstruction of livelihood particularly linked to the needs of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs).

Singh added that plans are underway to establish a food testing centre so that the beneficiaries can be able to process and produce quality food.

On her part, Jubek State Minister of Agriculture, Rose Paulino accredited UNIDO and the Japanese Embassy for supporting the vulnerable people, saying it is an intervention that will give resilience for the people to be self-reliant.

She however called on the UN agencies to have a better coordination mechanism so that the services reach to the people.

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