AGRICULTURE IS THE ONE OF PRDA PROJECT CORE PROGRAMS
Agriculture has continued to play a major role in providing livelihoods to over 50% of the South Sudan’s population and contributing to over 40%.This Program has been on since 2003, the Agriculture project sites established in Greater Upper Nile, South Sudan
Counties: Akobo in Janglei State, Uror in Jonglei State, Maiwut in Upper Nile State, Pochalla in Jonglei State.
BUILDING SELF RELIANCE & SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
PRDA has since its inception worked with the war affected and the marginalized communities of South Sudan providing emergency relief services and continually building their capacities to prepare them to be self-reliant and move towards community sustainable development.
CHALLENGES FACED OR AFFECTED THE FARMERS IN SOUTH SUDAN
Poor and inadequate infrastructure
Unclear land tenure and demarcation
Shortage of farm labor
Weak farmer/producer organizations
Paucity of microfinance facilities. Formal banking services are still extremely limited
Weak markets and non existent market information systems.
Lack of agricultural productivity enhancing technologies.
There is little use of improved varieties of seed or breeds of livestock.
Weak or non existent capacity to provide farm and off farm extension services to farmers
Weak entrepreneurship base and absence of commercial farming
South Sudan has a huge but largely unrealized agricultural potential, favorable soil, water, and climatic conditions render more than 70 percent of its total land area suitable for crop production.
TRAINING OF FARMERS’ GROUPS
This is done to ensure that women who are the backbones of the homes get the necessary skills to enable them manage the homes efficiently and effectively. They were trained on good crop husbandry for maize, okra, famine crops and on home and environmental hygiene. They were also trained on irrigation principles and practices. A total of 35 farmers were trained.