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Wednesday, 17 April 2013

UNIDO, FAO, Government of Sudan tackle malnutrition and unemployment

KASSALA,  Sudan, 17 April 2013 – A training programme to improve the productivity of small farms in the eastern region of Sudan, which was organized by United Nations organizations and the local government, concluded today. The 10-day training programme is part of a project to help eastern Sudan overcome its high levels of malnutrition, poverty and underdevelopment.

“We are grateful to UNIDO for conducting this type of training programme, which will help youths find gainful employment and supplement their family income”, said Mubarak Malik Abubakar, a local government official.

The training, which took place at the Kassala Vocational Training Center, taught 13 young men how to operate and maintain diesel engines and water pumps used in farm irrigation systems. It also provided them with certificates and with tool kits with which to start a service workshop in their locality.

The training progamme was part of the Integrated Food Security Project (IFSP), implemented by the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Livestock, Livestock and Irrigation (MAFIL) of the Kassala state and other key stakeholders. The IFSP is funded by the Government of Canada through the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA). 

The project seeks to improve the food security of the eastern region of Sudan and to provide training to different groups, above all to youth and women, so that they can improve their job opportunities and income.

It focuses its numerous and varied activities on parts of the localities of rural Aroma, Kashm El Girba, New Halfa, rural Kassala, western Kassala, and Wad el Helewo, all in the Kassala state of eastern Sudan. The eastern region suffers some of the worst development indicators in Sudan, with consistently high rates of global and acute malnutrition, low levels of literacy and very limited access to health services and clean water.

The project targets four distinct groups of beneficiaries: smallholder farmers and fishermen; village youth with little to no educational background and poor economic prospects; rural women, especially those that head a household or that are in a precarious socio-economic state; and private or public service providers in the areas of training, farming, fishing and livestock.

It is expected that nearly 8,000 households, representing an estimated population of around 40,000 distributed over 30 villages, will directly benefit from the project activities.

To find out more about the Integrated Food Security Project and its activities, please contact:

Ram-Kishore Singh
UNIDO Project Advisor
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Aurelia Calabro
UNIDO Project Manager
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