CARD Project for Food Insecurity Funded by the EU

the CARD logoOn 1st July 2012 Christian Actions for Relief and Development was funded by the European Commission for food security. Earlyier this year the European Commission programme for Food Security Thematic Programme called upon proposals for food security in Reference: FOOD/SUDAN/2011/02 South Sudan. In which Christian Actions for Relief and Development with three other international NGOs and Interchurch Organizations for Development Co-operation (ICCO) as lead Agency submitted in a joined up proposal for food security to increase Food Security and Sustainable Livelihoods for Poor and Marginalized Households in Western Bahr el Ghazal State, South Sudan.

The outcome of this 36 month project in July 2012, seeks to reduce the incidence of general and acute malnutrition among rural households in Western Bahr el Ghazal.
In line with the above, the following two interlinked specific objectives have been formulated, first and foremost is to improve the food security and nutrition of particularly disadvantaged and marginalised people in Western Bahr el Ghazal and Strengthen local institutions to better address food insecurity and climate threats.

Concrete expected results of the intervention, leading to the achievement of these objectives are: increased production and diversification of agricultural production, increased awareness on nutrition issues, an improved and accessible marketing system and increased food access for vulnerable IDPs and returnees.

When the news came that CARD was funded Bishop Moses Deng said, in a Diocesan press meeting that "we are very happy today", he continued, "when we formed this organization we had four areas of concern, first upgrading the standard of education in South Sudan in the Diocese of Wau, followed by the issue of food insecurity and malnutrition of the disadvantaged and marginalized society and finally to provide a health service. These were our ideal vision, today two have been realized so far. Poole Deanery in the United Kingdom has been our main donor, medicine provider occasionally and now the European Union on other hand has funded our organization for food security to eradicate hunger”. Bishop Moses continuing saying that, "when I go out for mission and evangelism in the villages most of challenges I encounter in the field are lack of food, water and sanitation and health related issues, these remain an outstanding subject which breaks my heart wherever I go to spread of the Gospel. I thank God for touching the heart of the European Commission to take our proposal into consideration.”

On the other hand, The project Manager of CARD Rev, Andrew Apiny challenged all other international NGOs to partner with CARD and work together as a team to fight hunger in South Sudan in order to alleviate food insecurity in the local communities. In the same subject matter under discussion when the bishop announced that CARD was funded by the EC the Diocesan Church Council representative expressed their gratitude that they are ready to work in their respective farms if the seeds are provided to them. South Sudan is facing much food insecurity, most of the commodities are being transported from Eastern Africa and the price is shooting up on a daily basis, currently the cost of a 50Kg sack of flour is 250 South Sudanese Pound in Wau, which is equivalence to 90 USD.

The project is expected to be launched officially on 18th July 2012 at the State Council of the Ministries in the Peace Hall, among dignitaries is Hon. Ministry of forestry and Agriculture, European Commission Representative, and other government officials are invited for the launching of the new project in Western Bahr el Ghazal state.

The launch will be covered by different Media which include Miraya FM, Voice of Hope, South Sudan TV and Renewal.

Interim Reports: - June 2013

Synopsis Report

Monitoring Report

Conclusion Sheet