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Fostering Smallholder Capacities and Access to Markets in Food Insecure Areas of Darfur


Titre : Fostering Smallholder Capacities and Access to Markets in Food Insecure Areas of Darfur

Pays : Sudan

Date/Durée : 2019-01-01 // 2022-12-31

Sudan faces post-harvest losses of approximately 30% across most if not all its staple grain harvests. The impact of this until now ignored ‘enemy’ has an impact on Sudan and its people that rivals even civil conflict. Post-harvest loss impacts the entire country’s economy, but most directly, the 4.2 million smallholder farmers and their families. The WFP Zero Food Loss Initiative, a global effort by WFP to scale successful methods to reduce post-harvest losses, has already had 250,000 farming families participate since 2015. The combination of (1) effective training at the household level, and (2) working with the private sector to build supply chains to ensure consistent, profitable supply of hermetic (airtight) storage is a winning, scalable combination : an independent impact assessment by MIT found that participating families had increased household incomes and improved food availability in lean seasons, improved nutrition and health, improved sons and daughters schooling, and perhaps most importantly, reduction in woman’s workload and an improvement in their socio-economic status. The Zero Food Loss Initiative began its initial rollout in Sudan in 2016 with similar results. WFP’s role is to serve as the catalyst for private sector growth of the hermetic storage industry, to build farmer awareness and spark farmer demand through effective training, and to incentivize profit-driven supply. The goal in Sudan is to incentivize 4.2 million farmers to change their post-harvest practices by 2025, and the development of the private sector supply chains is key to reach this level of market penetration. The project concretely addresses some of the main root causes of post-harvest losses, and minimises the economic and social impact that post-harvest losses have on the livelihoods of smallholder farmers and their families in three states of the Darfur region of Sudan.

The intervention logic assumes that rural development can address factors that compel people to move by creating business opportunities and jobs for young people. It can also lead to increased food security, more resilient livelihoods, better access to social protection, reduced conflict over natural resources and solutions to environmental degradation and climate change. WFP’s post-harvest experience is focused on fixing a broken business model at the farm level, making agriculture not only sustainable, but a more attractive and profitable option that moves farmers from subsistence to surplus. Creating conditions that allow rural people, especially youth, to stay at home when they feel it is safe to do so, and to have more resilient livelihoods, is a crucial component of any plan to tackle the migration challenge. By investing in rural development, the potential to support development and build the resilience of displaced and host communities can be harnessed, thereby laying the ground for long-term recovery and inclusive and sustainable growth.

Mise en oeuvre : World Food Programme (Sudan Office)
Suivi : EU Trust Fund for Africa
Financement : European Commission

Budget : 8 000 000.00

Présentation (akvorsr)

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