Fight Famine in Sudan with Emergency Relief

by Near East Foundation (NEF)
Sep 28, 2011

Food Security Promoted in Vulnerable Farming Communities

Farming Group at Participatory Extension Meeting
Farming Group at Participatory Extension Meeting

Since June 6, 2011, conflict and aerial bombings have rocked South Kordofan – a state on Sudan’s border with the newly independent South Sudan. Thousands of families have been displaced by the conflict; a July situation report by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Relief estimated that over 73,000 individuals were displaced. 

While intermittent conflict and violence continues in much of the state, relative stability has returned to some areas (particularly in the North) and families have begun to return to these regions.  However, valuable crop planting time has been lost—and many farms were looted of their tools, seeds, and other goods necessary for planting.  As a result, families face food insecurity and the real threat of shortages in both the short and long term. 

Severe restrictions on international humanitarian organizations remain in South Kordofan. The Near East Foundation (NEF) has maintained operations through its office in Dilling—one of the only international NGOs to remain. As the situation has begun to stabilize in the north of the state, NEF has moved from relief support to working with partners to ensure the food security of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and returnees through emergency farming support.

In coordination with the South Kordofan Rural Development Program (SKRDP) and the Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources, NEF is working with vulnerable farming communities in Al Samma West, Al Samma East, and Al Shaeer in South Kordofan.

Over the past months, the emergency farming project has:

  • Mobilized 300 vulnerable farm families for participation in the project.
  • Cultivated 1,500 fedans of land (5 fedans per family).  A fedan is approximately equal to an acre.  The SKRDP hired three tractors to plow the land in each of the targeted sites.
  • Weeded land to contribute to crop cultivation.
  • Distributed 4.5 tons of certified sorghum seeds to beneficiaries.
  • Formed and strengthened farming groups.
  • Provided extension services to farmers to promote improved knowledge, skills, and understanding of improved farming technologies that will contribute to attaining food security.

Farmers have expressed their commitment to the project and have recognized its importance to supporting their food security and livelihoods. Although the project has operated on a limited scale in South Kordofan, it has gained a positive reputation and encouraged IDPs to return to the area and farm again. 

NEF will continue working with partners to provide ongoing support for farmers to ensure their food security this harvest season.

Tractor hired for cultivation of the land
Tractor hired for cultivation of the land
Land preparation and sowing practice
Land preparation and sowing practice
Farming Group Extension Meeting
Farming Group Extension Meeting

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Near East Foundation (NEF)

Location: Syracuse, NY - USA
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Project Leader:
Sarah Peterson
Program Officer
Syracuse, NY United States

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