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Sustainable livelihoods in South Sudan

Improving access to food and income for children, youth and communities

Despite the ongoing political crisis, Plan International South Sudan’s Sustainable Livelihoods project continues in the more stable states of Central and Eastern Equatoria. We ae committed to enabling families to raise their household incomes through improving and diversifying sustainable agricultural production, increasing access to financial services for the poor, and enabling children, youth and adults in our communities to gain employment and start their own businesses.

Our work seeks to improve agricultural productivity through the transfer of skills and knowledge to children and youth via market research; the promotion of microfinance; the enhancement of employment opportunities - especially for young women - and technical and vocational training with the involvement of the private sector.

Bio-intensive school gardening continues with significant results in 17 schools; students plant a variety of agricultural crops such as cowpeas, groundnuts, okra, eggplant, tomatoes and cabbage, producing plenty of green vegetables for their own consumption, as well as for sale to raise money to meet other personal needs such as stationery and toiletries.

We are also connecting young people to skills training such as auto mechanics, electrical installation, tailoring, entrepreneurship, literacy and numeracy, ensuring that they are adequately qualified to make a good start in life.