PENHA through its Executive Director and also lecturer at the University College London (UCL) Dr. Zeremariam Fre provided consultancy work in South Sudan. Dr. Zeremariam visited South Sudan shortly before its independence celebration as part of a group sent by the European Union to formulate a programme for small farmers and agro-pastoralists. He was part of a group of eight national and international consultants – and was the senior expert on food security. The programme will be for three years and will be worth 14 million Euros. It will be based in the Greater Bahr el Ghazal region where the European Commission has been working since 2006. The groups detailed proposals have been accepted by both the EU and by the Government of South Sudan. Mr. Bereket Tsegay, PENHA Research and Communication Officer has also partly involved in analysing the country's national as well as local policy implementation on food security.
Participated in formulating a programme for small holders (farmers and agro pastoralists) in Southern Sudan which has now become an independent Republic of South Sudan (ROSS). My role within the 8 person team of national and international experts was to act as a senior expert on food security, agricultural systems, and livelihood systems
aspects of the assignment. The programme was funded by European Development Fund (EDF) and is worth 14, million Euros over a three year period.
The main objective of the assignment was to identify and to formulate potential programmes aimed at improving the livelihoods of rural smallholders in the Greater Bahr el Ghazal region that encompasses the four States of Northern and Western Bahr el Ghazal, Lakes and Warrap and where the European Commission has worked with State structures since 2006. The formulation of the programme was to improve livelihoods for rural smallholders was to be kept within the South Sudan Gov. National policy framework and in accordance with the Government of South Sudan (GoSS) Agricultural Development Policies, long-term Strategic Plan and identified priorities which included inter alia: Increasing availability of food, improving access to food, improving nutritional adequacy of food intake and enhancing crisis prevention and management.
The consultants worked very closely with Federal, Regional and State authorities in relation to the four most vulnerable areas.
The consulting team produced a detailed formulation report during June 2011 which has been now been reviewed and accepted by the EU and the Government of South Sudan. Programme implementation is due to start during early 2012.
South Sudan is the youngest country in Africa which requiring massive development work on empowering pastoral communites.