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Africa: South Sudan – survive siege conditions thanks to urban farming

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Terre des hommes (Tdh) is helping families in Yei, a city cut off by armed forces, by sharing urban farming techniques.

Terre des hommes Foundation Child Relief


The situation is critical. To feed the population, the city with a population of 60,000 people must make do with a fast-dwindling supply of reserves, rare convoys of food aid, and land located in urban areas. “Urban farming helps people survive siege conditions. Ten grams of seeds, for example, can produce thousands of tomato plants,” explains Cynthia. “Since spring this year, we’ve distributed seeds and farming tools to 1540 vulnerable families, as for example single mothers and internally displaced persons. They’ve also been given gardening and storage training.” This project was launched in coordination with another Swiss NGO, EPER, which had been working in the region for years, and with local organisations.

Those who received training were harvesting their first tomatoes some weeks ago. Margaret, who lives in an area that is home to nine families, is one of these people. “I give any extra to my neighbours, like Hamin and his mother, who sought refuge here after fleeing their home,” she says. Tomatoes were chosen for bringing a diversity of food to the population in that region. However, aubergines, cabbage, okra and onions have also been planted. Simultaneously, a nutritional programme in schools ensures that 3000 children eat at least one meal per day.

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