Famine and severe hunger are ravaging South Sudan. 60% of the population is facing hunger. They don't know where their next meal will come from. We are working to help families in Old Fangak, that are in desperate need of food, start small gardens and farms so that they can feed themselves while increasing the the amount of food available to the community. This program will teach farming techniques, providing seeds and small tools, and micro loans for water pumps all to fight famine.
Hunger in South Sudan has reached unprecedented levels. Civil war displaced millions of people and stopped farming in its tracks. And now, over half of the population is food insecure. In Old Fangak, where we work, there are over 50,000 refugees with more arriving daily. Most come with nothing, and there is simply not enough food for everyone. To make matters worse the region is flooded for the fourth year in a row. Families with small areas for gardens can grow vegetables to stop hunger.
We believe that helping families start gardens is the smartest way to fight hunger and poverty in South Sudan. Agriculture is not only the most sustainable approach to halt famine in it's tracks, but it also has the potential to improve livelihoods and boost the economy. When families expand their gardens to small farms they are able to sell their surplus produce in the market, increasing the amount of food available while earning an income and eventually becoming self-sufficient.
The immediate effects of farming in a place where food is scarce are clear, but agriculture development can have a much broader lasting, economic impact. In addition to countering the effects of famine, we believe that a thriving agriculture sector is crucial to long-term peace and development. It stimulates the economy is ways few other projects can boast. Our farmers feed themselves and on average have nearly $1,000 in income by selling produce in the markets. This project is saving lives.
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