Communities in Kapoeta East in Narus County, South Sudan who are affected by hunger have benefitted from seed distribution under the Canadian Food and Livelihood project known as FLIP.This distribution is part of Islamic Relief’s efforts to enable communities to mitigate the effects of conflict by restoring sustainable livelihood.
The seed distribution in Kapoeta has offered residents of Narus another opportunity for economic growth from the expected surplus crop production that will be in market this year.
Aisha Salah, a mother of eight children, who originally hailed from Nuba Mountain in Sudan is a beneficiary of this project. “I fled my village in Sudan in 2015 hoping to find a safe refuge for my children in Juba. ’’ Before settling in Juba, her aspiration was to find a safe zone for the children but this did not work out as Juba was plunged in deadly fighting in 2016.
Looking desperately, Aisha was then advised by a friend to move her children to the border town of Narus which is approximately 15 miles to Kenya. She said “Islamic Relief is the only organisation which helped me through providing seeds. This has offered me an opportunity for economic growth through supplying my produce to Narus market,” she explained.
“Wallahi (loosely translated as truly in simple Arabic), life in Kapoeta is extremely difficult as access to food and basic needs is at the mercy of God and humanitarian agencies like Islamic Relief. The seeds from Islamic Relief have significant impact. I can now sell produce like sorghum, Watermelon, Groundnuts, tomatoes, pumpkins and vegetables.
Aisha vowed to increase production in the coming season, urging Islamic relief not to relent in its vision.According to the January 2019 Integrated Phase Classification, Kapoeta East and Kapoeta North counties in South Sudan have been classified in Emergency (IPC Phase 4) acute food insecurity stage.The project endeavours to enhance community economic empowerment by addressing the main reasons why communities are not able to sustain themselves.
The objective of the project is that 6,000 vulnerable people will have improved food security by increasing livestock production and access to animal health care services. There will also be the improving access to agricultural production units and advisory or extension services. The projects also aims at supporting communities to develop alternative income sources and promoting gender equality.