The European Union announced 41 million US dollars to support rural communities in South Sudan. The grants expected to improve livelihood and build feeder roads that will enable farmers access the markets.
World Food Program (WFP) and United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS are the implementers.
The project is targeting people in Northern Bahr el Ghazal, Western Bahr El Gazal and some parts of the Upper Nile mostly affected by conflict and flooding.
Wim Vandabronch, EU head of cooperation, says the money will help provide food and resilience to those in need. He further stated the substantial support is based on alarming conclusions of 2020 integrated food security phase classification reported (IPC)
“The project is not only aim for food security but also to get agriculture techniques and access to schools,” EU said.
Twenty-Six (26) million dollars will go to WFP to scale up livelihood and resilience projects for nearly 100 thousand people. And UNOPS takes 15 million to construct 115 kilometers feeder roads, two priority bridges, and improve healthcare services.
Mr. Mathew Hollingsworth is the WFP Country representative. He says his organization will reach out to communities that lack market access.
“This project is going to make it possible to link communities and create connectivity among the communities of South Sudan. It can create jobs and can connect traders to retailers,” Hollingsworth stated.
The Undersecretary in the Ministry of road and bridges, Peter Kuot has welcomes the support.
He says South Sudan and its partners are ready to deliver services during this peacetime.
“This is a great job. I made one of my friends coming to our office when I was appointed talking about nyamuole and Aweil bridges that it was killing people, so UNOPS and WFP are going to work in it we appreciated, and we want you to continue. This is an excellent thing from European Union,” Kuot said.
The grants EU offered aim to reduce isolation and inequity in South Sudan to enhance access and roads connectivity at the rural areas.