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Sharing Knowledge on South Sudan

Posted On: September 27, 2022
young farmer with onion plant at University of Juba learning farm
Planting at the University of Juba learning farm.

At East-West Seed Knowledge Transfer Foundation, we are always looking for ways to share knowledge with others, whether they are smallholder vegetable farmers or the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

The FAO’s Food and Nutrition Security Resilience Programme (FNS-REPRO) focuses on the cause-and-effect relationship between conflict and food insecurity in Somaliland, South Sudan, and Sudan. FNS-REPRO believes that agricultural livelihoods are people’s best defense against hunger and malnutrition.

Rutger Groot, our Board Chair, participated in two FNS-REPRO events in the Netherlands last week, coordinated by Wageningen Centre for Development Innovation and Netherlands Food Partnership. Also actively participating in the events were delegations from the three focus countries: Somaliland, South Sudan, and Sudan.

As a speaker and panelist, Rutger spoke about our extensive work in the West Nile region of Uganda and our recent experience in South Sudan. Earlier this year, our Knowledge Transfer team in West Nile helped to establish a learning farm in South Sudan at the University of Juba, with replication at Dr. John Garang Memorial University.

Through the learning farm, and by training South Sudanese sector professionals, we are contributing to the spread of improved agricultural techniques in South Sudan—and ultimately to greater nutritional security for South Sudanese farmers and consumers.

Read more about the University of Juba learning farm here.