Juba, June 4, 2016 (SSNA) — In a move announced early this month, two prominent organizations of the United Nations (UN) decided to join forces to help teach South Sudanese refugees to become “self-reliant” as the young nation begins a process of transition from more than two-year old destructive war to peace.
The two agencies, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), say their collective response will encourage the IDPs not to rely heavily on humanitarian aid and that their partnership will give refugees fishing kits, variety of crops, vegetable seeds, among others.
“People here lack the resources to buy the things they need to start planting and need support to be able to produce their own food. These distributions have been very timely since the planting season has just started,” FAO’s representative, Serge Tissot, said.
On his part, Ahmed Warsame, who represents the UNHCR praises the move, saying agricultural-based interventions will inspire IDPs to become independent.
“We are pleased to announce that these interventions are working well, but we are also looking beyond quick-fix solutions that help refugees become more self-reliant and less dependent on humanitarian assistance in the long run,” he said.
UN states that South Sudan is one of many countries facing “serious food crisis” and hopes that joint efforts by the UNHCR and FAO will yield good results.
The joint response is intended for locals in Upper Nile, Western Equatoria, Unity, Jonglei, and Central Equatoria states, according a statement released by the United Nations.