The World Bank has donated US $ 116 million to South Sudan to fund two new projects aimed at increasing the capacity of farmers to improve agricultural production Production and livelihood restoration to strengthen and food security.
According to a press release by The EastAfrican on Monday, it is forecast that 7.2 million people will be affected by acute food insecurity in the coming months The South Sudan Resilient Agricultural Livelihoods Project is providing a $ 62.5 million grant to support investments in training for farmers, the highest number since independence. to help them manage their organizations efficiently, introduce new technologies and use climate-friendly farming methods to increase their yields.
“The Emergency Locust Response Projec t, which consists of a $ 53.7 million grant, will promote South Sudan’s response to desert locusts by restoring livelihoods for the poorest and strengthening the country’s preparedness systems, ”says the World Bank state / p>
The World Bank said the project will provide direct income to the most vulnerable households so they can produce more food for themselves and local markets, and use labor-intensive public works to provide income opportunities while restoring pasture – and promote agricultural systems.
“These two timely projects offer a mix of investments in social protection and agriculture to address the root causes of acute and chronic food insecurity.
“The delivery modality supports a broader institutional capacity building agenda for the government and we are delighted look to working closely with the government and other development partners to ensure no one goes hungry, ”said Ousmane Dione, World Bank Country Director for Eritrea, Ethiopia, South Sudan and Sudan.
The two grants will be the first of The World Bank has funded projects since 2018, through government systems, particularly the Department of Agriculture and Food Security.
“Funding for these projects includes $ 50 million from the IDA19Crisis Response WindowEarly Response Funding Mechanism.”
Deborah Wetzel, World Bank Director of Regional Integration for Sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East and North Africa said, “Desert locusts know no borders, so this crisis requires a coordinated regional response. It is critical that each affected country act urgently to control grasshopper population growth and share information and lessons learned to enable a quick and effective response.
“This is the third phase of the regional emergency program to combat locusts, which has already funded Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda and Somalia. “
According to the World Bank, the two complementary projects provide ongoing support for stabilizing the food security of households via safety nets to investments in organizations, capacities and technologies in order to bring the agricultural sector in South Sudan into a development-oriented direction.
Food insecurity in South Sudan has reached its most extreme level since Achieved independence in 2011. According to the United Nations World Food Program (WFP.), The famine has subsided after a significant increase in humanitarian aid).
The WFP needs $ 473.7 million to to ensure uninterrupted food aid through June 2021.