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Mitigating the impact of drought on households’ food security and nutrition

Mitigating the impact of drought on households’ food security and nutrition

Full title of the project:

Mitigating the impact of drought on households’ food security and nutrition

Target areas:

Eastern Equatoria and Northern Bahr el-Ghazal states

Recipient:
Donor:
Contribution:
USD 323 835
01/11/2012-30/06/2013
Project code:
OSRO/SSD/207/GER
Objective:

To enhance food and nutrition security of drought‐prone communities in Eastern Equatoria and Northern Bahr el‐Ghazal.

Key partners:

Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Cooperatives and Rural Development, County Agricultural Departments, South Sudan Relief and Rehabilitation Commission, African Development Solutions, Caritas Torit, Inalienable Rights Cover Food Security and Development Organization, Kueng Community Development Agency, and Star Trust Organization.

Beneficiaries reached:

A total of 15 976 vulnerable farming households benefited from the project – 13 176 benefited from assorted seeds and tools and 2 800 benefited from cassava cuttings in drought‐prone areas.

Activities implemented:
  • Provided seeds of drought‐tolerant, high‐yield and short‐term varieties of crops, as well as cassava cuttings and farming tools to vulnerable households.
  • Supplied 237.168 tonnes of maize, sorghum, cowpea, groundnut and sesame seeds, 2 400 tonnes of cassava cuttings and 19 860 farming tools, including hand hoes, malodas, pangas, sickles and slashers.
  • Procured all seeds and tools locally through the input trade fair approach, providing each targeted household with a voucher for seeds and tools.
  • Recollected cassava cuttings from beneficiaries from a 2012 seed multiplication project in Greater Equatoria and distributed to the target area.
  • Utilized the farmer field school approach in training 14 percent of beneficiaries on the importance of early crop planting, seed quality, row and intercropping methods, ways of improving soil fertility and post‐harvest handling techniques.
Impact:
  • Enabled 15 976 households to produce an estimated 10 209.5 tonnes of food, improving the food security situation of more than 95 856 individuals.
  • Reduced the hunger gap from three months to at least one and a half months.
  • Improved 80 percent of trained beneficiaries’ farming and post‐harvest handling techniques. Of those growing cassava, 25 percent were female.
  • Enabled beneficiaries to save a portion of their harvest as planting material for a second season crop production cycle.
  • Empowered farmers by allowing them to select agricultural inputs ideal for their own specific situations through the input trade fair scheme.