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Feeder Roads to Strengthen Livelihoods and Resilience of Rural Communities in South Sudan: additional 16 million Euros invested by the EU through WFP

17/11/2020 - 11:58
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The EU Ambassador to South Sudan, Amb. Christian Bader, launched the EU funded Project Feeder Roads to Strengthen the Livelihoods and Resilience of Rural Communities: improving Food Security of the vulnerable populations in Northern and Western Bahr el Ghazal States, implemented by the Nobel Peace prize WFP .

Ambassador Bader launching Feeder Roads project in Juba, 17 Nov.2020

The EU Ambassador to South Sudan, Amb. Christian Bader, launched the EU funded Project Feeder Roads to Strengthen the Livelihoods and Resilience of Rural Communities: improving Food Security of the vulnerable populations in Northern and Western Bahr el Ghazal States, implemented by the Nobel Peace prize WFP .

The project is part of a larger EU development program aiming at the stabilization and the livelihood resilience of rural vulnerable communities in the region of Greater Bahr El Ghazal. The programme contributes to achieving the Sustainable Development Goal n. 2 - Zero Hunger, besides addressing the root causes of migration and internal forced displacements. “Building roads and ending the isolation of rural communities is also important for peacebuilding” said the EU Ambassador at the launch ceremony on November 17th in Juba.

This development project, for which the EU has mobilised in 2020 around 16 Million Euros under the EU Emergency Trust Fund for Africa, complements and capitalizes on the achievements of previous and ongoing EU funded interventions in the above mentioned States, where about 270 Km of feeder roads, three bridges, 4 market places, 4 agro-processing centers, have been already constructed and in use.

The EU is fully convinced that rural infrastructure is a driver of development: investments in this sector and in particular in road projects boost the economy while contributing to enhance the livelihoods and the living conditions of the rural communities, and improve rural connectivity to basic services such as health and education.

The program has a very important innovative element:  besides the construction of additional infrastructures – i.e. 60-70 Km of all-weather feeder roads and the completion of the 160 m long Nyamlel Bridge it proceeds hand in hand with a complex range of supporting activities, the so-called accompanying measures.

Accompanying measures, mean the promotion of food security, which will be prominently supported by linking the producers to markets and in particular to the WFP-led aggregation centres, that proved already to be successful in other State of the country.

Accompanying measures also include those activities addressing fundamental values and priority issues that are critical for a sustainable and inclusive socio-economic development: promotion of social cohesion, mitigation of conflicts, peacebuilding, gender equality and women empowerment, human rights protection, job creation especially for youths and women, enhanced incomes for poor vulnerable households and, last but not least, environmental safeguard.

This renewed EU-WFP partnership is actually a good testimony of the long standing collaboration between EU and the WFP in South Sudan and  this project re-affirms the EU’s continued support to the people of South Sudan through its wide range of Rural Development and Resilience building Programmes - with investments in infrastructures, agriculture, livelihoods and resilience – and accounting for over 50% of the total EU funding in the country.