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Support to early livelihood recovery of returnees in South Sudan

Support to early livelihood recovery of returnees in South Sudan

Full title of the project:

Support to early livelihood recovery of returnees in South Sudan

Target areas:

Eastern Equatoria, Central Equatoria, Western Equatoria, Western Bahr el Ghazal and Lakes State

Recipient:
Donor:
Contribution:
USD 2 816 901
EUR 2 000 000
Implementation:
31/08/2011-28/02/2013
Project code:
OSRO/SSD/102/SPA
Objective:

To contribute to food, income and livelihood security of economically active, low-income urban and rural households in five states.

Key partners:

The Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Cooperative and Rural Development, State Ministries of Agriculture and Forestry, County Agriculture Departments, the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture, the National Agricultural Research System, and local and international Non-governmental Organizations.

Beneficiaries reached:

12 900 households

Activities implemented:
  • Assisted the Government in formulating strategies for the development of urban and peri-urban horticulture.
  • Provided vegetable production kits to a total of 5 000 beneficiary farmers.
  • Established farmer field schools (FFS) to build the capacity of 800 farmers on horticultural production technology.
  • Distributed 2 000 improved plant cultivars, 2 085 kg of assorted fruit tree seeds and 1 339 kg of assorted multipurpose tree seeds in order to set up 15 tree nurseries and 20 agroforestry demonstration sites.
  • Trained 25 extension officers through which 200 farmers received training on agroforestry production techniques under the FFS approach.
  • Developed agroforestry implementation guidelines on how to implement, monitor and evaluate agroforestry innovations for key stakeholders.
  • Distributed 2 800 assorted hand tools and 8 tonnes of certified foundation seed to 400 progressive seed producers (PSPs) as well as provided them with 5 000 super grain bags and 400 tarpaulins to improve post-harvest handling, and training on block seed multiplication and seed collection, processing, storage and marketing through the FFS approach.
  • Established five seed quality boards to provide support in inspection and quality control for the purpose of collective marketing of seeds multiplied by the PSPs.
  • Constructed one community-based seed store in Western Bahr el Ghazal State and supported the Yei Research Centre and the Magwi County Palotaka Research Centre with equipment and staff.
Impact:
  • Enabled beneficiary farmers to engage in year-round vegetable production and, from the sale of surplus, generate income to acquire other household commodities and services.
  • Increased availability to and decreased the price of vegetables for consumers in the project area.
  • Planted a total of 75 feddans of trees, producing over 200 000 assorted fruit and multipurpose tree seedlings, which benefited 6 000 farmers and seven schools during project implementation.
  • Contributed to filling in the hunger gap – while at the same time improving the nutritional status of all beneficiary household members – through the production of fruit and vegetables.
  • Generated more than 59 tonnes of quality seeds (i.e. maize, groundnut, bean and sorghum) – seven times the quantity of foundation seeds provided under the project – and sold them throughout nearby communities.