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Bethlehem Youth Farmers Group started a demonstration farm near Yambio, South Sudan
Bethlehem Youth Farmers Group started a demonstration farm near Yambio, South Sudan
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Conflict in South Sudan has significantly damaged the primary source of livelihoods—agriculture—and weakened the economy, making it difficult for families to cope.  Dramatic increases in food prices resulting from soaring inflation, disrupted markets and trade, and low food production due to widespread rural displacement have caused half of South Sudan's population to face severe food insecurity. Before the civil war erupted in 2013, nearly 87 percent of South Sudan’s population depended to some extent on agriculture, livestock, or forestry for their livelihood.

USAID's Sustainable Agriculture for Economic Resiliency project is building resilience at the community level to help South Sudanese communities that are affected by economic, conflict, or environment-related shocks. This project restores and diversifies livelihoods, including agriculture, strengthens community and intercommunal resource sharing and management practices, and protects and strengthens productive capacities of vulnerable households and communities. 

Going forward, the project will focus on the 13 target counties of USAID’s strategy located in the five states of Eastern Equatoria, Jonglei, Northern Bahr El Ghazal, Unity, and Upper Nile.

Last updated: September 17, 2021

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