Project profile — Food Security Through Community-Based Livelihood Development and Water Harvesting


FAO - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (41301)
2011-03-21 - 2019-06-30
Global Affairs Canada
WGM Africa

Country / region 

• South Sudan (100.00%)


• Basic Health: Basic nutrition (12240) (0.00%)
• Agricultural water resources:
Agricultural water resources (31140) (35.00%)
Agricultural inputs (31150) (10.00%)
Food crop production (31161) (15.00%)
Agricultural education/training (31181) (15.00%)
Agricultural financial services (31193) (5.00%)
Agricultural co-operatives (31194) (5.00%)
• Industry: Agro-industries (32161) (15.00%)

Policy marker 

• Gender equality (significant objective)
• Environmental sustainability (cross-cutting) (significant objective)
• Participatory development and good governance (not targeted)
• Trade development (not targeted)
• Biodiversity (not targeted)
• Climate change mitigation (not targeted)
• Climate Change Adaptation (significant objective)
• Urban issues (not targeted)
• Desertification (not targeted)
• Children's issues (not targeted)
• Youth Issues (significant objective)
• Indigenous Issues (not targeted)
• Disability (not targeted)
• ICT as a tool for development (not targeted)


For decades, South Sudan has suffered from conflict and high levels of food insecurity. The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), in partnership with the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), is implementing essential water harvesting, agriculture, and alternative livelihood activities in Jonglei and Eastern Equatoria. By constructing water harvesting structures and supporting community dialogue on resource use, FAO aims to decrease local conflict. Through training and access to agricultural inputs and services, FAO aims to increase household cereal crop production by 25%. Finally, UNIDO and FAO are working to increase skills in alternative income-generating activities, particularly for women and youth, and access to small grants.

Expected results 


Results achieved 

Results achieved as of October 2018 include: (1) 539 people (of which 232 were women) participated in Natural Resource Management Committees in order to reduce conflicts and improve conservation of resources such as water; (2) 35 existing cooperative groups (total members 2,595) were trained and supported with seeds and agricultural tools; (3) 150 fishing folk (of which 45 were women) were trained on improved fish handling and preservation; (4) 15,000 fisher folk were provided with fishing gear in order to support increased catches; and (5) 72 artisans (of which 3 were women) were trained on agricultural tool maintenance, including metal workers, carpenters and blacksmiths. This training supports food security and future livelihoods diversification, giving participants the knowledge and tools to increase and diversify their income and food production. Overall, this project is helping communities gain access to water and improve their incomes. It is also helping train agricultural extension workers and farmers on how to increase their staple food production in the regions of Jonglei and Eastern Equatoria.

Budget and spending 

Original budget $0
Planned disbursement $0
Country percentages by sector
Type of finance Aid grant excluding debt reorganisation
Collaboration type Bilateral
Type of aid Contributions to specific-purpose programmes and funds managed by implementing partners
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