It’s been a year since the launch of the “Women empowerment and sustainable agricultural development to achieve food security in South Sudan” project, for 150 women from the districts of Gumbo, Sirikat, Jebel lemon, Adodi and with the aim of increasing and diversifying agricultural production, introducing sustainable farming practices and increasing the training, production and marketing of agricultural products.
Through a multidisciplinary approach - agronomy, energy engineering, pedagogy, etc., this very important project aims to promote a local culture of sustainability, both from the point of view of material and human resources ; in fact, training is of primary importance for VIDES, with a clear Salesian imprint.
Below we list some of the main achievements:
• Training course for 150 women, with final certification on composting and agroecology techniques. Preparatory course of literacy for 45 completely illiterate women.
• Creation of an area to test the new techniques learned: about 10 hectares were used to ensure that women, supported by teachers and assistants, have been able to put into practice the knowledge learned and collect the result of their commitment after a year: the collection of fresh vegetables capable of enriching the daily diet has been a source of great gratification for women, some of which have been able to sell at the market products that exceed family self-consumption.
• Assignment of 150 plots of land (120 m²), one for each woman (with a contract of use for three years), within the same compound to prevent the common theft of agricultural products. The allocation of own land has been a very strong incentive for women: they all have worked and have continued to work hard, supported by assistants and using agricultural tools and seeds.
- Construction of new wells and related pumping systems: four new wells have been built for the villages of Gumbo, Sirikat, Jebel Lemon, Adodi. The first well to be built is that of Gumbo. This well was built near the individual lots assigned to the beneficiaries, so as to allow them to use water to irrigate their crops and learn to self-manage both the land and the water resources available.
- Creation of 4 committees for the management and maintenance of the installations: in each of the villages beneficiaries of these new installations, a Committee has been created, for managing and maintaining the well and all the interventions necessary to maintain drinking and non-contaminated water.
- Training on the correct and sustainable use of water resources, both from an environmental and a sanitary point of view.
Construction of animal shelter and training on "good breeding practices", to be achieved in the second year.
Construction of a warehouse for the storage of products grown by women
Creation of a laboratory for the processing and processing of products.
Implementation of seminars on the problems of the agricultural world. The first seminar was a great success, with the participation of 461 people including women
Beneficiaries, local communities, representatives of local authorities etc.
Health and nutrition education campaign for village families, IDP camps and 5 schools in the area.