Agriculture

The Episcopal Church has identified that there are many odds against farming in Northern Bahr-el-gazal State (NBG) and yet farms must be able to provide enough food and a balanced diet for the people in the area. The Episcopal Church's administration believes that an agricultural project will support communities' efforts to improve traditional farming, and agro-forestry.

Support will be provided to local artisans and small-scale traders, especially women, to produce and trade in local commodities and to improve the supply of essential goods. Micro-enterprise groups will be promoted and assisted to develop goods for "export" to nearby states to inject cash into the local economy. Where possible, these activities will be undertaken in partnership with the local partners. Capacity building support will also continue to be provided to community institutions, such as payam and village level committees to ensure accountability and responsiveness to the needs of poorer community members.

Vulnerable communities will continue to be assisted through the provision of seeds and tools, while community seed banks will be promoted to improve supply. Crop diversification will be encouraged while horticulture and apiculture will continue to be promoted. Local seeds will continue to be purchased from surplus areas for distribution to vulnerable populations. All of this can be achieved through friends, NGOs, agencies and individuals who share the same heart with the Episcopal Church of the Sudan, Aweil Diocese. The Episcopal Church is aiming at making people of Aweil a self reliant community to move away from relieve approach. The Episcopal will make a difference once the below are available:

  • 3 tractors
  • 20 bulls for farms in the areas that are not accessible by tractor during wet seasons
  • Ploughs
  • Funds
  • Seed only for one year

The farm land will be contributed locally by the community in conjunction with the government of the State.