UN Food and Agriculture Organization programs launched in Eastern Equatoria

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November 23, 2013

Two programs of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations Organization are launched in Torit located in the state of Eastern Equatoria. The Food Security Information System and Agriculture Commercialisation Projects are officially opened by the Deputy Governor Jerome Gama Surur.

Surur asked the FAO to continue to help farmers by building a seed testing laboratory and facilities for breed livestock. More guidance to the farming community is sought in order to protect the environmental resources in the state.

The UN's Food and Agricultural Representative to South Sudan, Dr. Sue Lautze said that the projects are funded by the Government of Italy and aims at improving food security through the commercialisation of agricultural sector in marginalised areas either side of the border between South Sudan and Kenya.

Minister of Agriculture, Forestry, Irrigation, Cooperatives and Rural Development of the State of Eastern Equatoria, John Ochan Bongomin thanked the Italian Government for its support about the initiative that focuses on women and youth. Ochan said that livelihood diversification in rural households through the development of small and medium scale enterprises the project will contribute immensely to food security.

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