The European Union Delegation to South Sudan has reiterated its commitment to boost agricultural production and productivity of farming in South Sudan.
This commitment was made during a two-day Agricultural Extension Event that ran from 19 – 20 June in Juba. The event aimed at keeping stakeholders focused on building farmers' capacity and on technology transfer that will boost production and productivity of farmers, which then builds food security in South Sudan.
Ministries of Agriculture and Food Security, Livestock and Fisheries, Water Resources and Irrigation, Roads and Bridges, UN agencies, partner organisations, academia, research institutions, private sector and donors attended the event.
The event comes at a time when food is scarce due to delayed rains and food prices soar which makes access to food difficult.
“The EU has been a development partner in South Sudan’s agricultural sector, with support provided to about 100,000 farmers through a development portfolio of more than 260 million euro. We are committed to our mandate to help the South Sudanese people through development support and we will continue to work closely with all our partners for the theme of this conference: less vulnerability and more productivity,” said Dr Sinead Walsh, EU's ambassador to South Sudan during the opening ceremony of the event.
According to the FAO’s Deputy Representative Pierre Vauthier, the situation of food insecurity is dire but there is hope for optimism. "It is extremely important keep supporting the people who need lifesaving intervention but even more important is the need to transition from relief to resilience and development where farmers' capacity is developed. FAO is very determined to continue to support the farmers in the process of transition and provide support to the government development plans within the FAO country resilience strategy,” Vauthier said.