CRS South Sudan Secures Partnerships to Provide Food in Country’s Urban Centers

Officials of Catholic Relief Services (CRS), FAO, and WFP during the launch of a USAID funded project to mitigate the increasing concern over food security in urban centers of South Sudan.

The Catholic Relief Services (CRS) in partnership with the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) together with the World Food Program (WFP) have launched a USAID funded project to mitigate the increasing concern over food security in urban centers of the East-Central African county.

Through the project, the humanitarian agencies aim to support vulnerable urban dwellers who have been hit hard by COVID-19 restrictions in the country by providing them with tools to practice urban farming. Others will be provided with capital to start small income generating projects in the country’s capital.  

At the launch of the project at the FAO’s warehouse in the capital Juba on Thursday, July 23, WFP Deputy Head of Program Ernesto Gouzalez told journalists, “Food security, poverty is a very complex phenomenon and that is why with the expertise of WFP, FAO and CRS, with the support of USAID, we are here in this project to mitigate the impact of the pandemic.”

Each of the three partners has a role to play in the project implementation until the end of the rainy season in the country.

Gouzalez told members of the press after exhibiting the seeds that would be distributed to the farmers that WFP is managing the component of food provision. He said that at least 120,000 people with a traditional WFP basket will be assisted in Juba.


CRS has a cash program and some of the beneficiaries will be provided with cash to support their livelihoods in vegetable production so that they are able to scale up the provision of food.

In an exclusive interview with ACI Africa, FAO’s Agriculture Officer Moris Moga said, “At FAO, we are distributing seeds and also doing awareness creation on the usefulness of vegetables in the diet.”

He added, “We have the aspect of training the extension officers, through radio talk shows and interactive trainings that create sensitization of the communities on the vegetables in their diet.”

FAO’s services are delivered in three groups depending on the abilities of the beneficiaries, Mr. Moga further said.

“The first group are the vulnerable groups that have the capacity to produce vegetables at home. We are providing them with vegetable kits that contain at least three sachets of different varieties of vegetables,” he told ACI Africa.

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Targeting about 24,500 households, Mr. Moga said that FAO’s project alone provides the beneficiaries with a two-sided hoe, double-headed with a fork on the one side, a watering can and rake, and some crates to put fresh harvested vegetables.

FAO also targets 500 households of market-oriented producers to be provided with four to five sachets of vegetable seeds solar irrigation pumps. Other provisions to this group include hoes, watering cans for the nursery beds, irrigation pumps, crates and wheelbarrows. 

The last group made up of the highly vulnerable group of individuals that lack the capacity to produce their own food will be provided with vegetable vouchers.

Each member of the group that comprises the old, children, the handicapped and the blind will be linked with market vendors where they will redeem the vouchers by collecting fresh vegetables from the market  

The urban project that targets areas beyond the capital Juba has extended to Nimule at the country’s border with Uganda and Wau towards the Republic of Sudan.