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Feeding families from the ground up

South Sudan, May 31, 2013

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The Abyei Administrative Area along the border of Sudan and South Sudan is caught in the middle of many unresolved disputes between the two countries. While fighting has subsided, security remains fragile while both countries continue to negotiate ownership of the area, limiting humanitarian access. The closure of the border also severely restricts trade and leads to high food prices in the market.

Those displaced here during previous conflicts, those returning home after the prolonged civil war, those who are hosting the influx of families — they all struggle to find enough to eat. Most have lost previous homesteads and assets and must restart their lives from scratch.

We're helping more than 26,000 people cultivate the land and raise animals to feed their families without being dependent on food aid or imports.

New seeds, tools and techniques ensure better harvests year-round. With different late-season crops, families are diversifying their diets. With the introduction of treadle pumps for irrigation, they can grow more vegetables during the dry season and sell the surplus for additional income. With the distribution of dairy goats, they have another source of nutrition and the foundation to rebuild a sustainable livelihood.

It all adds up to jumpstarting household food production to prevent hunger in the future.

What else is missing for returnees? Schools. Learn more about the classrooms we're building in South Sudan ▸