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Rdaa Lauches A Food Security and Livlihood Project in Yambio for Ibba, Maridi And Mvolo Counties, Wes – South Sudan.

On Thursday 14th January 2021, RDAA launched a food security and livelihood project which is to be implemented for 3 years (2021 – 2023) in the counties of Ibba, Maridi and Mvolo.

The project is funded by World Food Program (WFP) and is entitled; “Food Assistance for Asset” in Mvolo, Maridi and Ibba Counties of Western Equatoria State.  It targets 10,656 beneficiaries as follow: Cash transfer modality in Ibba County 2,424 Beneficiaries, Cash transfer modality in Maridi County 2,232 beneficiaries, In kind transfer modalities in Mvolo County 6,000 beneficiaries.

Food Assistance for Asset (FFA) intends to meet the immediate food needs and strengthen community capacities to quickly recover and become resilient to shocks. It also entails three (3) interrelated approaches; expansion of arable land, creation and development of community infrastructure and environmental and natural resource management. Skill development supports the implementation of the three pillars of “Food Assistance for Asset”.

In the photo is the banner describing the project at the venue of the launch in Yambio

RDAA has been cooperating with World Food Programme (WFP) for the last three years implementing Food Security and Livelihood (FSL) in Western Equatoria State (WES) under their Food Assistance for Asset (FFA) program. The partnership program begun in Maridi County in 2018 supporting 908 households (HH) and families, the program later extended to Ibba County in 2020 under the cash modality supporting 404 (HH) and families. This year, RDAA will be extending the FFA program to Mvolo County in 2021 under the Food modality to support 1,000 (HH) and families. The rationale for FFA is resilience building: Maintaining or transforming livelihoods in the face of sudden or protracted difficulties without compromising long-term prospects.

The invited guests participating in the FFA launch in Yambio inset in front right is the RDAA’s Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Mr Sume

The guests invited for the launch included the UNMISS team, the State RRC., Director General of Agriculture, Yambio County Authority such as the  County Executive Director of Yambio, RRC Coordinator, Mayor of Yambio Municipality County, Prison Officer Paramount Chief of Yambio, County WFP. Representative, Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Local Government, Law Enforcement Representative, Ministry of Physical infrastructure, NeCSOs Representative, Youth Union-Representative, Women Union- Representative, and all the media houses and present amongst the invited guests was the Chairman of RDAA’s Board of Trustees.

Presiding over the launch were RDAA staff led by the acting director, Mr. Albert Zingorani. In his Speech, the acting Director of RDAA thanked WFP for the trust and confidence they had put on RDAA for the last 3 years of partnership and now another 3 years going forward. In addition to the service delivery through our project implementation, WFP has indeed build our capacity to implement bigger and multiyear projects. Capacity building of National NGOs is what we and this country want from International NGOs.

Albert also thanked the Government of WES under the able leadership of Honourable Governor, Lt. Gen. Alfred Futuyo Karaba for his good leadership and creating a peaceful and enabling environment for humanitarian and development actors like RDAA to extend services to South Sudanese.

Besides its work in food security and livelihood, RDAA also implements projects in peace and governance, protection, WASH, Education, Youth and women empowerment in Western Equatoria State – South Sudan.

Also speaking at the Launch, WFP representative John Makur had this to say; “WFP has been in partnership with RDAA for the last three (3) years, implementing Cash for Asset (CFA) in Maridi and Ibba Counties respectively. WFP therefore appreciates the partnership and commitment demonstrated by RDAA in undertaking the assignments.

Support to local organizations, capacity development lies at the centre stage of WFP programming. For this reason, WFP is expanding its support and food assistance to Mvolo County in partnership with RDAA to implement Food Assistance for Asset in 2021.

WFP also acknowledges the full support of the state, county and local authorities in closely working together to exert more efforts to change lives of our communities.

In this regards, we will continue to jointly and closely work together in supporting smooth implementation of the project to achieve the envisioned goals.

WFP therefore request the stakeholders to continue with the similar spirit this year and beyond.

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