South Sudan officially became the Republic of South Sudan on July 9, 2011. It is now the 54th member of the African Union (AU). As an independent nation, it faces challenges of rebuilding after decades of civil war destruction. Two million lives were lost through genocide, and over six million were forced to flee. Infrastructure, education and health services were also destroyed, which fostered a culture and mentality of survival, which can be detrimental to progress and moving forward.
At the same time, new statehood brings with it new opportunities to reestablish connections and influence the culture of operations. Establishing a culture that fosters positive, future-oriented mentalities can be achieved through social and economic initiatives, and the jubilation of brand-new South Sudanese populations will boost this process.
Transition from Subsistence to Commercial Farming
Over the past four years, SFL has been working with groundnut, maize, sorghum and cassava farmers in South Sudan to help them improve their food security, preservation techniques and nutritional diversity. We are currently conducting agribusiness training to improve farm management skills, and have arranged four farming groups to tend to four community cassava gardens.
SFL is implementing a project in Torit County of Eastern Equatoria State in South Sudan. The project aims to curb the cycle of poverty and civil war by rebuilding spiritual and economic leadership at the community and government levels.