Tdh food security specialist
« Food stocks often last less than a week. »
The city of Yei in South Sudan has become an open prison. More than 50,000 people are under siege since the civil war has gotten to this region. Terre des hommes prevents malnutrition with an urban agriculture project.
“The main problem is access to land. The population is trying to grow produce on the smallest available soil in the city, even in the grounds of some official buildings. Although the security situation is improving in villages around the city, there is still a risk of violence. Until the harvest season begins, food stocks in Yei very often last less than a week. For the most vulnerable households in particular, there is no guarantee of availability and access to seeds and farming tools in the current season. We will therefore help 4500 vulnerable families who have access to land in the city's security perimeter by distributing seeds and farming tools and by providing training in farming techniques.
It is also very difficult to access vulnerable population groups outside the city. Although the need for seeds and farming tools increases, humanitarian convoys are often unable to travel outside the city owing to the substantial risk the ongoing conflict presents both to humanitarian workers and civilians.
We will also be starting a school canteen programme. The distribution of food is complementary to urban agriculture, neither would be viable on its own. The United Nations World Food Programme distributes dry rations to more than 11,200 children every day. In addition, Tdh will be providing food vouchers that can be exchanged at local markets for fruit and vegetables and even animal products. The aim is to improve the nutritional value of the children’s food intake. To improve access to fruit and vegetables, we are also helping 36 schools develop school vegetable plots by providing training and distributing seeds and suitable tools.”