South Sudan faces unprecedented humanitarian needs, with more than 6 million people facing a food insecurity crisis, and about 2 million internally displaced or in situations of armed conflicts. This is exacerbated by recurrent inter and intra-tribal conflicts resulting in the loss of lives and productive assets. Displacement from agricultural and grazing land is rampant in many locations due to these conflicts. Despite this, communities in South Sudan are still able to produce, trade, and grow seeds, building on existing capacities and resources. Strengthening capacities for the agricultural seed value chain is a promising path to supporting agricultural development and promoting economic growth and sustainability. Despite the many challenges, opportunities to develop value chains in the seed sector exist. First and foremost with the objective to close the cereal production gap, while eventually providing more diversified products for local, national, and export markets. In South Sudan, the seed sector has been selected as the FNS-REPRO entry point, because shortages of quality seeds and planting materials necessary to enable farmers to produce sufficient food for their families and a surplus for sale have been a constraint for many generations.
What does FNS-REPRO do in South Sudan?
The programme’s overall outcome will be resilient livelihoods and food systems and contributions to sustainable localized peace, This will be achieved through improved inclusive access and management of local natural resources, improved livelihood and income opportunities along the seed value chain, enhanced knowledge, skills and capacity of local communities around nutrition-sensitive livelihood support, establish and implement a learning mechanism that reinforces field activities and facilitates improved policy and practice on food system resilience. FNS-REPRO activities in South Sudan will increase the resilience of communities and their food security status by:
- -Addressing the constraints to accessibility, availability, affordability and quality of seeds of adapted varieties through an integrated seed system approach
- -Improving seed quality assurance to build on farmer trust and stimulate demand for quality seed
- -Strengthening formal and informal outlets and local markets for agricultural inputs through support to farmers’ organizations and small entrepreneurs to effectively bridge the last mile delivery of improved agricultural inputs to smallholder farmers
- -Developing the institutional and organizational capacity to support the establishment of an integrated, sustainable, resilient and robust seed system
- -Providing opportunities for conservation of crop biodiversity in order to enhance the resilience of the seed and crop system
Since there are numerous cross-border and regional dimensions to food system resilience such as pastoralism, conflict and migration patterns, and sustainable natural resource management, FNS-REPRO has been designed with a dedicated regional (learning) component.
Seed Value Chain Development is a promising path to supporting agricultural development and promoting economic growth and sustainability
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Global Aim South Sudan implements programs that enhance the capacity of the community to prevent and mitigate the impact of diseases, increased household food and income security for self-reliance, improve communities' access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene and empower the community to promote, justice and peaceful co-existence.
Caritas Luxembourg – Support of vulnerable populations is a primary concern: single-parent families, children and young people, migrants and refugees, disadvantaged persons, homeless or with precarious housing situations or income, persons temporary unable to manage their lives. At the international level, Caritas Luxembourg takes the side of victims of natural disasters and violent conflicts, supports reconstruction and rehabilitation efforts and carries out development projects.
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Christian Mission for Development (CMD) is a registered non-profit, non-governmental, multi-sectoral relief and development organization dedicated to fighting poverty and injustices to reduce human suffering and enhance communities’ livelihoods. CMD was established in 2005 and has been mitigating suffering through the provision of life-saving assistance and essential social services to the most vulnerable communities focusing especially on women, children and youth initiatives.
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The University of Juba (UoJ) is a comprehensive premier South Sudan University and was established in 1975.