Food safety project

South Sudan nature.Full name of the project: Improvement of food safety, nutrition and living conditions of the most vulnerable population in the East Equatoria region of South Sudan  

Project duration: January 2016 to December 2018

Project partners:

  • Caritas Luxemburg
  • Caritas Torit

Focus of the project: livelihood, agriculture

Aim: Reducing poverty by improving food safety; protecting livestock and assuring nutrition for the poorest and most vulnerable people of Palotaka – Magwi County (Eastern Equatoria/ South Sudan).

Target group:

  • 100 progressive farmers from 10 villages
  • 20 plant producers
  • 10 local veterinary assistants
  • 150 single mothers from 5 villages
  • 60 crop controllers (one from each village)
  • 1,000 households (5,000 – 7,500 people, including 2,000 children)
  • 25,000 inhabitants of 10 villages neighbouring with Palotaka

Country/region: Palotaka, Magwi County, Eastern Equatoria/South Sudan

Description of the project:

The Caritas Czech Republic project is intended to improve food safety and sustainable life conditions in the South-Sudan region of Magwi. It concerns the area neighbouring Uganda where there is the highest number of internally displaced inhabitants of East Equatoria. Households consist of people who ran away from areas of the conflict and who now live with their relatives in Magwi. The goals of the Caritas Czech Republic project are to strengthen plant and animal production and fishing, increase sources of income, increase resistance to climate changes, and improve the nutrition and sanitation of local people.

That is  why a thousand households, 100 farmers, 20 plant producers and 10 veterinary assistants from 10 villages will collaborate  to  establish 25 sample fields, 20 vegetable gardens, 1 forest nursery, 11 other nurseries and 5 small irrigation systems. Caritas Czech Republic will provide planting material and tools, as well as medications and vaccinations for their livestock. Farmers will receive veterinary equipment along with goats, poultry and pigs. There will also be 2 mixed agriculture systems and four groups keeping poultry, goats and pigs.

Many farmers will be professionally trained e.g. 10 groups of bee-keepers, 60 crop controllers , 150 single mothers, 20 groups of farmers, 20 seed-workers, 10 veterinary workers and, last but not least, local partner organisations. The rest of the inhabitants will participate in meetings about nutrition and sanitation and receive information about climate change. Children living in villages will participate in 90 children days where they will receive further information about sanitation, nutrition and boosting immunity.  They will also learn more about planting and cooking and will receive vitamin packs. The adults will speak about their experiences during "field days“.

Last but not least, the small farmers will liaise with the trade and manufacturing sectors and the crop stores will be enlarged.

Total budget: 31 235 930 CZK

Donor: Czech Development Agency, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Luxembourg)

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