Jesus was inspired by farmers and those who made their living from the land. Solidarity with South Sudan is following in His footsteps, dedicating personnel and resources to assisting and empowering the people of Riimenze, and surrounding areas, to learn best practices in farming and food production.
Riimenze is located in Western Equatoria State, a very fertile area of South Sudan with great potential for agricultural initiatives, in a country suffering from food shortages due to war and displacement of people.
The Sustainable Agricultural Project (SAP-R) in Riimenze sets out primarily to secure livelihoods. The farm itself employs between 15 and 20 permanent workers, and numerous casual workers from the surrounding communities. It provides income opportunities, especially for women.
Solidarity also runs a nutrition training programme for women which enables them to improve nutrition practices by making the best use of their farm and household resources.
Farm planning and seeding workshops are conducted for outside growers. Other workshops cover the topics of plant protection, crop rotation and propagation, post-harvest handling, and livestock, especially pigs and chickens.
Nearly half those participating are women.
The project also uses local technology to communicate the message. Bi-monthly radio talk shows disseminate agricultural technical knowledge and information about good nutrition and hygiene practices to the broader public.
In 2021, almost 40 tons of food were harvested from 120 acres of land – a huge contribution to food security in the area. The food from Riimenze farm is also sold to the Solidarity-run Teacher Training College in Yambio, to help feed the students there.
The overall goals of Solidarity’s involvement in agriculture are to promote better health education, provide better nutrition, encourage good agrarian practices and, generally, to assist and empower the people of South Sudan.
The aim is that these improved agricultural practices should become self-sustainable, and contribute to the long term self-sustainability of the Teacher Training College in Yambio.
Solidarity helps the local economy function better by the injection of funds through employment, and the introduction of basic farming practices, rather than developing large commercial enterprises that depend on expensive equipment.
Solidarity is developing and building local capacity that can serve as an example to more people living in the rural areas of South Sudan. It is demonstrating what can be achieved without massive injections of expensive, first-world machinery and resources.
A sower went out to sow. And as he sowed, some seeds fell along the path...
radio talk-shows have been conducted to disseminate agricultural technical knowledge
beneficiaries of the workshops, of which 842 are women
of participants in our workshops are women
households have benefited from the distribution of pigs and chickens, in 2021