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The project purpose is to increase the productivity of small rain-fed farming, the predominantly farming system in the four states mentioned above and of high importance for the livelihood of many poor rural households.
Total Cost (EUR): 5 000 000.00
EU contracted amount (EUR): 5 000 000.00
Duration: December 2013 - December 2017
Implementing organisation: STICHTING ZOA
Funding Instrument: European Development Fund (EDF)
Benefitting zone: Sudan
Mr. Cosimo Lamberti-Fossati, EU Delegation to Sudan Project Manager
Rain-fed farming is of high importance for the majority of Sudanese small farmers to satisfy their staple food requirements and secure livelihoods. The productivity of small rain-fed farming is very low, and yields are often insufficient to satisfy food requirements of rural smallholders. Poor and eroded soils, inappropriate agricultural techniques and very limited use of commercial inputs explain this unsatisfactory situation, which contributes significantly to protracted rural poverty and also provokes disputes over scarce natural resources.
Adam Ahmad Mohamad Harun, Farmer, 55 years old, Mahala village, Gedaref State
"In 2013, I had a complete failure in my crop production. This resulted in me being imprisoned as I was unable to repay money I had borrowed. Despite my release, I felt like my life had reached a point of no return.
"This all changed in 2014 when I became a beneficiary of the project. The results have been incredible, 75 sacks per 5 feddans (roughly 5 acres), the highest production ever seen in my neighbourhood! Such an astonishing harvest allowed me to pay back my debts, cover the basic living expenses of my family, as well as to save some money for the next season.
"For the first time in many years I feel that I will be able to take care of my family and their needs. Other beneficiaries in neighbouring villages have achieved similar results and we are now thinking about forming an association so we are able to continue to use the packages even after the project ends."
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