Programmes

Background of Agriculture (Food Security/Livelihood) Department

The Agric/food security department is the widest department in SPEDP; it’s formed majorly with the purpose of empowering the communities of South Sudan in situation related to poverty, hunger which majorly focuses on improving food availability and standard of living with in South Sudan.

The Agric / Livelihood department has been and is implementing activities of emergency response project which includes distribution of seeds/ fishing kits  & CMMF( Community Managed Microfinance/ VSLA (Village Savings and Loans Association). Currently the food security department is funded by this donors that include United Kingdom Aid Match (UKAM), CHF, Christian Aid, UN FAO, and  DCA.  The Agric department is implementing projects currently in the three states of Central Equatoria, Northern Barh-el-gazal NBG and Eastern Equtoria States with a hope of extending to the other states as per funding

Photo credit by Dennis M. Joseph: Onion nursery bed at Punpath demonstration site in Pamat Center
Photo credit by Dennis M. Joseph: Onion nursery bed at Punpath demonstration site in Pamat Center
Photo taken by Dennis M. Joseph: Water Mellon germinating at Mrs. Nyanut Loch Farm in Malual East Payam
Photo taken by Dennis M. Joseph: Water Mellon germinating at Mrs. Nyanut Loch Farm in Malual East Payam
Photo credit by Dennis M. Joseph: Agric extension worker showing Okra germination at Nyanut Loch Farm in Malual East Payam.
Photo credit by Dennis M. Joseph: Agric extension worker showing Okra germination at Nyanut Loch Farm in Malual East Payam.
United Kingdom Aid Match (UKAM) PROJECT SUCCESS STORIES
 Project Tittle: Inclusive and integrated nutrition sensitive resilience approach to enhance nutritional outcomes for women and girls of child bearing age and under-fives in Aweil North County of South Sudan. Situation/ Background: This project adopts an inclusive and integrated nutrition sensitive approach to enhance nutritional outcomes for 15,087 women and girls of child bearing age and 3,771 children under-five in Aweil North County. The project will enhance household nutrition and care practices, access to diverse nutritious food, safe water and better services, by addressing root causes of under nutrition, including harmful social norms and strengthening capacity of 1 county nutrition departments.

Programme Activities:

  • Trained 10 community Based Facilitators (CBF) for Village Saving and Loan Association (VSLA) in which (F=4, M=6).
  • Rehabilitated one bore hole (Hand Pump Machine) in Malual East Payam..
  • Trained 250 School Hygiene club children Boys 92 and Girls 158 in the selected 5 Primary Schools. Pamat Primary school (50) where-by (G=22, B=28), Marol Deng Geng 50 (G=,32 B=18,) Pandiit Girls Primary School 50 in which (G=50, B=00), Akoch Primary School 50 in which (G=26, B=24) and Malual Diit Agep Primary School 50 in which (G=28, B=22).
  • Conducted training for Community water Pump Machine for 10 members on borehole (hand pump) maintenance and repair in Malual East Payam in which (M=10, F=00).
  • Conducted fisher folks training for 90 beneficiaries in Ariath, Malual Center and Malual East in which (M=61, F=29).
  • Trained 10 teachers to champion nutrition and school garden in 5 schools Pamat Primary School 2, Marol Deng Geng 2, Pundit Girls Primary School 2, Akoch Primary School 2 and Malual Diit Primary School 2 in which (M=10, F=00).
  • Conduct awareness campaign on nutrition and diet diversification (differences) for 210 existing farmers in Ariath, Malual; Center and Malual East Payam all were Women which has excess their family immune system to fight against disease and keep them healthy .
  • Seeds, Crops and vegetables seeds were distributed to 450 farmers in Ariath, Malual Center and Malual East in Northern Bahr el Ghazal in Which (M=15, F=435) which are body building nutrients that will make their body to grow strong and eradicate infectious disease.
Photo credit by Dennis M. Joseph: Mrs. Aluel Garang Tong pose for a photo at demonstration site in Malual East Payam. Mrs. Aluel Garang Tong a mother of 6 live in Tongmachar Village in Malual east said during the community mobilization and training; few members intended to join the vegetables demonstration group. Before the training, the skills and benefit of nursery bed was not there. But so far the skills we obtained from the training is sustaining our families; because all members are benefiting from it. At first we thought the seeds belongs to SPEDP but realized later the seeds belongs to us the community who are cultivating them. Aluel uttered that, she had another land in which she cultivated greens, Okra, Cowpeas and Water melon which she realize will help her family in diet exchange which will build their immune system to fight against disease. After harvest, Aluel prefer to store some of the food and sell some to enable her pay children tuition. She continued that, the seeds are germinating well and urge the initiative to continue such that it give guidance to the locals in Malual East.
Photo credit by Dennis Moini Joseph: Healthy children of Nyanut Loch benefiting from the project at their home in Malual East Payam with Smile on their face.
Photo credit by Dennis Moini Joseph: Healthy children of Nyanut Loch benefiting from the project at their home in Malual East Payam with Smile on their face.
Photo credit by Dennis M. Joseph: Gai Bol Gai a member and secretary of Village Saving and Loan Association (VSLA) briefing project and Communication Officer on group weekly savings in Ariath. My name is Gai Bol Gai I live in Ariath in Northern Bahr el Ghazal. I am the secretary of the Village Saving and Loan association (VSLA) in Ariath. In my group, we save 250 South Sudanese Pounds per our meetings. In which, saving is two hundred (200 SSP) and the fifty (50SSP) is for treatment. In a month, a member borrowing amount as loan starts with one thousand two hundred (1,200 SSP) ; then the pay with benefit will be one thou-sand four hundred (1,400 SSP). So far, many members took loan and utilizing businesses in Ariath market said Gai. He continued, In a month , I’m saving one thou-sand (1000 SSP) in which by the end of the year will accumulate to twelve thousand (12,000 SSP). It will enable me to buy Christmas clothes for my children and provides other needs as a father. “ I appreciate these initiative because it has created micro business to vulnerable women in Ariath. Most women living with trauma, and widowers were able to furnish for their children through the savings. I urged this initiative to continue such that it can build hope among these vulnerable women. Said Bol.”
Photo credit by Dennis M. Joseph: Mrs. Nyanut Loch shows the Fresh Okra she harvested to prepare /cook for her children
Photo credit by Dennis M. Joseph: Mrs. Nyanut Loch shows the Fresh Okra she harvested to prepare /cook for her children
Photo taken by Dennis M. Joseph: Women farmesrs gather at demonstration site in Pamat to practice skills obtain from the training. Result/ Impact:  Reduction in malnutrition hence the beneficiaries have skills in cultivating maize, water melon, and Okra for the family consumptions.  Communities were able to earn money after selling of the produced which leads to the exchange of diet with other nutritious food in the market.  Some women started saving for their children tuition and treatment from the selling of Okra they have harvested specially in Malual east.  210 farmers reached with nutrition and diet diversification messages in Ariath, Malual Center and Malual East Payam and they were women farmers.  Trained women in the Community were fighting zero hunger through the skills they obtain from the training conducted by SPEDP.  Agriculture extension officers and the trained women; were able to train and encouraged other women to cultivate through the skills they sustain during the trainings.  10 members from the community obtain skills on borehole maintenance and repair in Malual East payam.  With the rehabilitation of borehole, there is no shortage of water at the rehabilitated area though the water source is far from the com-munity due to the sub Saharan nature.
Photo credit by Dennis M. Joseph: farm land with maize , water melon and Okra germinating in Malual East Payam

HPP PROJECT ACTIVITES’ PHOTO ALBUM 2018

Vegetable Garden Demonstration members actively sowing seeds in nursery beds in Pamat. (Photo by Waniba Charles SPEDP FSL Project Officer)
Vegetable Garden Demonstration members actively preparing transplant beds in Gumjuer Centre. (Photo by Waniba Charles SPEDP FSL Project Officer)
Vegetable Garden Demonstration members actively preparing transplant beds in Gumjuer Centre. (Photo by Waniba Charles SPEDP FSL Project Officer)
Vegetable group members taking care of newly transplanted seedlings in Gumjuer Centre.
(Photo by Waniba Charles SPEDP FSL Project Officer)
Vegetable group members taking care of newly transplanted seedlings in Gumjuer Centre. (Photo by Waniba Charles SPEDP FSL Project Officer)
Treadle pumps being used for irrigation Ayat East. (Photo by Waniba Charles SPEDP FSL Project Officer)
Beneficiary pumping water using treadle pump in Pamat as Project Manager directs the irrigation pipe. (Photo by Waniba Charles SPEDP FSL Project Officer)
Figure 7: A beneficiary weeding her collard plants in Pamat Demonstration Garden. (Photo by Waniba Charles SPEDP FSL Project Officer)
SPEDP Food Security & Livelihoods Project Officer during supervision of demo garden. (Photo by Mabe Richard SPEDP Agriculture Supervisor Officer)
Healthy onion plants in Pamat Vegetable demonstration garden (Photo by Waniba Charles SPEDP FSL Project Officer)
Healthy Arugula plants (Locally known as Rigla) ready for harvest in Pamat. (Photo by Waniba Charles SPEDP FSL Project Officer)
Ready okra for harvesting in Pamat Demonstration garden (Photo by Waniba Charles SPEDP FSL Project Officer)
Ready okra for harvesting in Pamat Demonstration garden (Photo by Waniba Charles SPEDP FSL Project Officer)
Beneficiary tying Collard leaves in bundle for marketing in Pamat (Photo by Waniba Charles SPEDP FSL Project Officer)
VSLA Group members during 3 days Refresher training on VSLA methodology (Photo by Waniba Charles SPEDP FSL Project Officer)
VSLA members during saving meeting (Photo by Waniba Charles SPEDP FSL Project Officer)
VSLA executives preparing Cumulative Savings (Cash) for share out (action Audit) in Pamat (Photo by Waniba Charles SPEDP FSL Project Officer)