Improving Lives and Food Security in Southern SudanRATIONALE
The ongoing civil war in Sudan has impaired social and economic development and left communities vulnerable to inadequate food supplies. Infrastructure (roads, communication, and transportation) is non-existent or in disrepair, trade linkages have been severely constrained, and there is inadequate institutional capacity to manage the development process at all levels. Southern Sudan has the potential to produce enough food for its people and export food and other raw materials and products to neighboring countries. There is good opportunity for agribusiness and marketing, but war, insecurity, and lack of training in these areas have left most farmers at the subsistence level. The majority of people have no access to capital for investment in agriculture or agribusiness.
Improve the livelihood and food security of communities in southern Sudan by building self-reliance in food production, maintaining and improving the natural resource base, and increasing agricultural production and marketing.
Winrock is a managing partner of a consortium led by CRS-Sudan to implement the project. The consortium will establish seven training centers to focus on production of food crops, agricultural technology, livestock, fisheries, forestry and wildlife, and will promote enterprise development in these sectors. It also will establish commodity networks and a data collection and analysis unit to increase access by the population to skills, technology, and information. Winrock supports the forestry, wildlife, and the fisheries training centers and fosters links with regional and international networks. It works with local partners to conduct needs assessments, develops training center curricula, and prepares training materials. Additionally, Winrock works to increase the capacity of local institutions to develop a strategy for the training center, provide business and technical skills training, and monitor and evaluate programs. Winrock provides technical assistance: Forestry - forestry production and utilization, forest products and wood utilization skills, plantation management, and smallholder forestry and agroforestry. Wildlife Management - community participation, wildlife health and management, transboundry park management, and seasonal wildlife movement. Fisheries - fish storage and processing, marketing and trade, fishing gear production, and boat building and repair.