World Relief Canada‘s grassroots interventions in South Sudan are deeply needed and appreciated in Ibba County, a rigorous 8 hour drive from the capital of Juba. These rural inhabitants are impacted by war, undernourishment, and poverty. World Relief – through local staff – offers them new ways of thinking and farming that impact their livelihoods.
Stronger Together has offered to cover a small portion of this project and hopes others will come on board over the next two years.
|Project Name:||Roots of Opportunity (Ibba County, South Sudan)|
|Purpose of Investment:||To benefit rural farmers with improved nutrition, food security and income generation in Ibba County, South Sudan.|
|Participating Grantmakers:||Acts of Grace Foundation, Bridgeway Foundation, John & Rebecca Horwood, Mitchell Family Foundation|
This project will build the capacity of people in Ibba County, Western Equatoria of South Sudan to improve their own nutritional status, increase overall food security and generate income from agriculture and agro business. It will:
- Help 600 farmers and 100 beekeepers form farmer groups. The project will also provide inputs such as improved seeds, as well as training in conservation farming techniques.
- Develop markets channels, including to establish and support a farmer cooperative that facilitates the storage, shipping and marketing of farm products.
- Provide 1500 of the very poor, many of whom are women, with access to village savings and loans groups that enables them to accumulate very small amounts of savings, pool those savings and provide micro-loans to each other for income-generating activities.
- Because of WR’s partnership with the Canadian Foodgrains Bank, grant funds will double their impact with a 1:1 match.