South Sudan received $ 116 million world Bank to fund two projects aimed at strengthening the capacity of farmers to improve agricultural production and restore livelihoods and food security.
Of the funds, $ 62.2 million will be used to support training programs for farmers to help them manage their organizations effectively, adopt new technologies and use climate-smart agriculture to increase their yields. It will also invest in the tools, machinery and seeds needed to improve productivity.
The remaining 53.7 million will be allocated to the Emergency Locust Response Project (ELRP). This will strengthen South Sudan’s response to the Desert Locust by providing direct income to the most vulnerable households to enable them to produce more food for themselves and local markets, as well as utilize energy-intensive public works. labor force to provide income opportunities while promoting the restoration of pastures and agriculture. systems. This is the third phase of the regional emergency locust response program, which has already provided funding to Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda and Somalia.
Restoration of pastures and agricultural system
The World Bank said the project will provide direct income to the most vulnerable households to enable them to produce more food for themselves and local markets, as well as to use labor-intensive public works. works to provide income opportunities while promoting the restoration of pastures and the agricultural system. The two grants will be the first World Bank-funded projects since 2018 to be implemented through government systems, in particular the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security.
“These two timely projects offer a mix of investments in social protection and agriculture to address drivers of acute and chronic food insecurity,” Ousmane Dione, World Bank Country Director for Eritrea, Ethiopia, South Sudan and Sudan.