“Food Security and Agricultural Development”, which has priority for the German Government.

Second meeting on efficient coordination on food security and agricultural development

  • a priority for the German Government –
    Juba, Wednesday 27th February 2019 – Today, on behalf of the German Government, the German
    Development Cooperation (GIZ) is hosting the second partner workshop on Food Security and
    Agricultural Development at the Local Government Board in South Sudan’s Capital town Juba. The
    workshop brings together GIZ`s implementing partners in the sector of food security and agricultural
    development to share experiences, good practices, achievements and challenges. According to the
    latest IPC key messages a total of 6.45 million people (57% of the population) will face acute food
    insecurity or worse between February and April 2019, despite the harvest and continued, large-scale
    assistance.
    Therefore, the workshop aims at identifying long-term development activities and solutions to
    overcome obstacles of efficient service-delivery to the population in remote areas, especially
    smallholders. The plan foresees to support agricultural production, strengthen cooperative
    approaches and engage private seed companies to boost local seed production, hence enhancing
    productivity. Through a “farming as a business” approach, the Project intends to increase the
    awareness of smallholders regarding their own responsibility and investment into sustainable
    agricultural interventions.
    The Programme on “Food Security and Agricultural Development (FSAD)” is a multi-year project
    funded by the German Government with 13.5 Million Euro until the end of 2020. The Project targets
    50,000 households applying reconstructive and development oriented measures. The GIZ implements
    in collaboration with three dedicated international NGOs, namely Deutsche Welthungerhilfe, ACTED
    and Terre des Hommes, which are active in various parts of the country. Furthermore, GIZ collaborates
    with a private seed company called Magwi Seed Ltd. to boost local seed production and increase
    agricultural production and food security.
    Alexandra Guhr, Head of Development Cooperation in the German Embassy says: “The German funded
    programmes have generally sought to improve food security and secure livelihoods of the population,
    with particular view to assisting the most vulnerable groups, such as women and children, IDPs, host
    communities and refugees. The latest IPC report illustrating a continuous downward trend in food
    security – despite years of massive assistance – highlights not only the consequences of the conflict,
    but also the need to adjust our interventions. While large-scale humanitarian assistance is urgently
    needed, this Programme, as did its predecessor (2013 to 2017), seeks to re-establish the resilience and
    the self-reliance of the affected population. The current food security situation can only improve if the
    country is safe and humanitarian assistance is complemented by resilience activities.”
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