Sudan's agriculture sector gets financial boost from IFAD

A local farmer harvest sorghum in Sudan. The International Fund for Agricultural Development will provide $10.07 million grant to the country's Seed Development Project. Photo by: Fred Noy / United Nations

Good news for small-holder farmers in Sudan: The International Fund for Agricultural Development will provide a $10.07 million grant to the country’s Seed Development Project.

Agriculture is the most important sector in Sudan. It provides employment for some 80 percent of the population and contributes 39 percent to the country’s gross domestic product.

The project aims to help improve farmers’ food security, income and resilience to environmental shocks, such as droughts. It will help farmers increase crop productivity through the use of certified seeds, and improve soil and water conservation techniques.

The project, co-financed by the Sudanese government, will be implemented in Rahad and Sheikan in North Kordofan, and Abbassiya and Abu Gubeiha in South Kordofan. More than 108,000 small-holder farmers — including young people and women — and 1,280 seed growers are expected to benefit from the initiative.

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