Christian Solidarity International (CSI) recently distributed essential food and farming equipment to thousands of families in South Sudan in an effort to prevent widescale hunger. In Northern Bahr el-Ghazal State on the border of Sudan, three thousand families received 20 kg each of groundnuts, and nearly six thousand families benefited from 25 kg each of sorghum. A total of 300 families were given a hoe.
In the second half of June, a CSI team spent six days distributing grain, ground nuts, and hoes while a separate team from the Catholic Diocese of Twic County, Warrap State, carried out distribution in Warrap and Abyei states. Former slaves who were liberated by CSI reside in these areas.
“The food distribution was done in June to fill the hunger gap and help families to farm as the rainy season started early this year,” reported project manager Franco Majok. He expects farmers to be able to harvest their first crops by mid-August.
According to Majok, another beneficial aspect of the food distribution is that grain prices drop for the entire region. “Even though not everyone receives food aid, CSI helps them indirectly by stabilizing the prices of sorghum in local markets. It is a huge help to every family,” he explained.
Majok points out that it is local community leaders and county officials who decide what communities should receive food aid. CSI prioritizes families who have no cows or goats and who cannot afford to buy food. Majok stated that CSI was the only non-governmental organization distributing food in Northern Bahr el-Ghazal in June.
Written By: Gina Adams