Food security: FAO supports South Sudan households with tools and seeds to resume food production
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The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) said it has distributed vital crop seeds and tools to over 180,000 household farmers in South Sudan. The initiative, it said, will benefit 1.1 million people in the nation.
The agency anticipates that seeds will reach the farmers before the planting season, giving them enough time to prepare land. According to FAO, most families in South Sudan had depleted seed reserves, either because they were unable to plant last year or because of low harvests.
At the same, their incomes were reportedly reduced, lowering their purchasing power and preventing them from replenishing their reserves by buying seeds in local markets.
The continuation of violence in South Sudan has forced many farmers to abandon their land, making it impossible to plant food crops. In areas where security has improved, such as Western Equatoria, Unity and Jonglei, farmers are returning and FAO’s support has been crucial in enabling them to plant and resume food production.
Sudan Tribune, 7 July 2016 – www.sudantribune.com