Sudan: S. Sudan Receives $116m From World Bank for Food Projects


Juba,

The World Bank has donated $116 million to South Sudan to fund two new projects aimed at strengthening the capacity of farmers to improve agricultural production, and restore livelihoods and food security.

According to a press release seen by The EastAfrican on Monday, it is projected that 7.2 million people will face acute food insecurity in the coming months, the highest number since independence.

“The South Sudan Resilient Agricultural Livelihoods Project provides a grant of $62.5 million that will support investments in training for farmers to help them efficiently manage their organizations, adopt new technology, and use climate smart agriculture practices to boost their yields.

“The Emergency Locust Response Project, which consists of a grant for $53.7 million, will boost South Sudan’s response to desert locusts by restoring livelihoods for the poorest and strengthening the country’s preparedness systems,” reads the statement from the World Bank.

The World Bank said the project will ensure direct income to the most vulnerable households to allow them to produce more food for themselves and local markets, as well as use labour intensive public works to provide income opportunities while promoting restoration of pasture and farming systems.

“These two timely projects provide a mix of investments in social protection and agriculture to address drivers of both acute and chronic food insecurity.

“The implementation modality supports a broader agenda of institutional capacity building for the government, and we look forward to collaborating closely with the government and other development partners to ensure that no one goes hungry,” said Ousmane Dione, World Bank Country Director for Eritrea, Ethiopia, South Sudan and Sudan.