FAO South Sudan trains extension workers on livestock production in Kuajok and Aweil

Aug 2015

Cattle are a symbol of status and wealth in South Sudan, where livestock represent a source of food (particularly milk), social capital and a form of insurance against disaster. However, despite being a world leader in terms of livestock per capita, South Sudan’s livestock producers contribute little to the country’s GDP. With funding from the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), FAO has been working with pastoral and agropastoral communities in South Sudan to improve production practices and enhance animal health. Agropastoral field schools have played a major role in this support, providing livestock owners with the opportunity to meet complex challenges by developing local solutions. As part of this, FAO recently organized a three-day workshop for 40 extension workers from the Warrap and Northern Bahr el-Ghazal State Ministries of Animal Resources and Fisheries Industry and NGO partners on becoming trainers for agropastoral field school facilitators. The facilitators will the then go on to train members of their communities in improved production practices. Ultimately, the SDC-funded FAO project is seeking to enhance the food security and resilience of some 50 000 people in 7 050 households, while building the capacity of government and partner extension workers. 

Author: FAO South Sudan