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Norway donates NOK 150 million to South Sudan

Norway donates NOK 150 million in multiyear funding to FAO South Sudan

In an effort to improve food security, Norway donates NOK 150 million in multiyear funding to FAO South Sudan. Thousands of farmers will receive life-saving livelihood support because of donation by the Norwegian government to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).

The agreement signed today by Norway’s Ambassador to South Sudan Lars Andersen and FAO Representative Serge Tissot paves the way for the continuation of a longstanding successful collaboration in strategic areas to improve food security in South Sudan.

 “FAO is very grateful for Norway’s continued and unwavering support to the Emergency Livelihood Response Programme,” said Serge Tissot, FAO’s representative in South Sudan. “With these funds, we have been able to assist vulnerable farmers all over the country with vital support to increase local production which ensures families have food on their tables.”

Norway is among FAO’s top resource partners in South Sudan with yearly contributions to the Emergency Livelihood Response Programme over the past four years. Norway’s funding reaches its peak with this contribution being its largest donation to FAO to date and a commitment spanning three years. Continuous support to emergency interventions will allow the Organization to streamline its timely emergency response.

“There is no question that the efforts of the international community has saved millions of lives during the conflict in South Sudan”, said Lars Andersen.  “It is not only important to relieve immediate needs, but also to do so in a manner that strengthen food security in the long run.

Norway believes that the Emergency Livelihood Response Programme represents a particularly valuable contribution to boosting recovery and resilience. The primary reason for the desperate humanitarian situation is the conflict, and the conflict must end. But even if the conflict ends now, it will take time for South Sudan to recover. Norway is proud to be a long standing partner with FAO on improving the livelihood of the people of South Sudan.”

In 2018, FAO aims to reach 4.8 million people with inputs for crop, vegetable and fisheries production to produce at least 300 000 tonnes of food and vaccinate and treat over 8.7 million livestock to protect pastoralists’ assets.

The Emergency Livelihood Response Programme document can be accessed here for more information: http://www.fao.org/3/i9646en/I9646EN.pdf