Improved agricultural methods lead to sustainable farming and greater food security
Anticipated lives impacted: 3,052 Actual lives impacted: $8,496
7,500 engaged with scriptures during devotions that were part of the training sessions. 166 farmers used ox plows and other new farming techniques and 830 of their family members increased their household’s food security.
Ministry Focus: Holistic
Total Amount Requested: $39,620 Amount Spent: $40,158
In their own words:
“After attending the agricultural training and participating in the horticultural demonstration farm, I was given seeds, which I planted in my garden using the knowledge I had gained. Now I am able to harvest more from my garden and even sell the surplus. I can now meet my financial obligations, like taking children to school.”
— Rebecca Abuok, a project beneficiary from Kohrmalang, South Sudan
After more than two decades of civil war, Sudanese are fighting an uphill battle as they try to return to normal, peaceful living. Years of loss and suffering have left families broken, local economies destroyed and farmers without the means to farm. In light of such devastation, it is extremely difficult to recover. In the Wau Diocese, the most limiting factor for farmers is a lack of tools. Their most common tool, the maloda, requires farmers to kneel on the ground while working an area of between 215 to 538 square feet for approximately five hours a day. This makes achieving high yields difficult and raises food insecurity. Additionally, the crops that farmers produce are often sold in order to generate income to pay for living expenses, so families of farmers have less food to eat.
Through this education and loan project, the Anglican Diocese of Wau in South Sudan worked with community leaders to identify and train farmers in better farming methods. It provided the farmers with ox plows so that they could increase production. As a result, households improved food security and family income. A total of 830 people in 166 families benefitted directly, while 7,500 members of the community learned more effective farming skills. These numbers are much higher than initially predicted, mostly because farmers worked in groups to share the ox plows, as there was more interest and many of the farmers came from the same communities.
Farmers will begin paying the diocese back for the plow ($75) after two years. This money will be spend on more plows to loan to more farmers in the region. In this manner, the project will be self sustaining for years to come.
“Having this project has greatly improved my life and that of my family. Previously, I used to harvest a very small area and it would not be enough for my family, as I have a big family. But this year, I have been able to cultivate a bigger area of my farm and I believe we will have surplus during the harvest. I plan to sell the surplus harvest so that I can increase my income to take care of my family.”
— Yak Wol, a farmer in Akon village, South Sudan