Some 700,000 South Sudanese are currently living in Sudan but their right to stay there expires this April and agreements to regularize their residency have been postponed due to ongoing conflict. At least 120,000 have expressed their intention to return to South Sudan and thousands more are expected to follow.
FAO said its funds are insufficient to provide agriculture support to the expected returnees, who most likely do not have access to land or would not have enough time to plant and harvest during South Sudan’s current planting season.
FAO said it needs at least $18 million to roll out innovative interventions to take advantage of South Sudan’s second planting season later this year. The agency is proposing solutions such as vegetable gardening, seeds and tools distribution, fishing gear distribution, and cash-for-work schemes, among others.
In addition, FAO is pressing donors to adequately respond to its $23 million funding request for South Sudan this year. Only $5 million of this appeal has so far been furnished, FAO said.
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