In Southern Sudan, A Partnership Promoting Agricultural Development Unveiled


Source: SciDev.Net

The United States, Netherlands and two leading agriculture-focused nonprofits are collaborating to back the Southern Sudanese government’s efforts “to transform farms into businesses.”

The communiqué was signed between the U.S. Agency for International Development, Dutch government, Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa and International Fertilizer Development Center on May 6 at the commercial Rajaf Farm outside Juba, according to a USAID news release. The four parties vowed “to work together in developing a commercial agriculture sector by increasing agricultural productivity, supporting agribusinesses, and improving agricultural research and technology.”

USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah said the U.S. government is ready to back the partnership with “hundreds of millions of dollars.”

Agriculture is the leading industry in Southern Sudan. But most farmers are engaged in subsistence agriculture, the USAID news release noted.

“Any effort to transform agriculture has to be comprehensive,” Shah said during the signing ceremony. “The days of doing a small demonstration project in one part of a county and calling that agricultural development must be over.”

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