South Sudan

South Sudan became an independent country in 2011 after a long civil war between the Arab north and the Black African south of Sudan.  One result of this was that not all tribes fighting against oppression from the Sudanese government ended up with their homelands in South Sudan, hence they are still in conflict and civilians have been forced to flee across borders into Chad, Ethiopia and South Sudan as refugees.

An initial visit by our partners in 2013 identifed a great need and opportunity to help numerous small tribes from the Blue Nile area of Sudan who are refugees in Maban County.  The refugees were struggling to survive and support their families on aid rations and one of their greatest needs was to be empowered to farm again.  Hence, Intec Farming Project began in 2016 with a pilot of 200 farmers.  The project is now in its 6th farming season and continues to grow and improve; the 2020-21 season saw over 1,200 farmers empowered, across 11 different tribes, and provided a food source for approximately 7,764 men, women and children (using an average family size of 6). 

In order to continue running the project into the new farming season, additional support is still needed.

Who are these refugees?

There are over 130,000 Sudanese refugees in Maban county housed in 4 large camps.  The camp numbers range from 18,000 people/4,000 households to as many as 51,000/12,000 households. 

The refugees are made up of many different Islamic people groups including the Ingessana, Ragarik, Jumjum and sub-tribes of the Berta and the Burun.

How does Intec Farming Project work?

  • By liaising with the authorities, via the local people group, land is granted to the refugees.  Seed is initially provided to the farmers but after the harvest a portion is kept to use the next season.  After living hand-to-mouth for years, this also helps them to get back into the practice of saving for the future. 

  • Farmers choose their crops - sorghum, maize, sesame, ground nuts etc.  Intec Farming Project can source locally available varieties which is not only cheaper to buy than imported, but being native to the area they grow more successfully.

  • Pesticides are needed as temperatures don't drop low enough for pests to die off in "winter".  Locally available pesticides are provided by Intec Services.

  • Tribal leaders choose 3-6 responsible farmers from each community to form a farming committee to oversee distribution of land, seeds and pesticides and be responsible for the return of 10% of the harvest.

  • Farmers use traditional methods and harvest by hand with their families.  The work is therefore sustainable and replicable on a wide scale.  Broader benefits of the project include:
    • opportunity to be empowered to help themselves after years being forced to live from handouts
    • affirmation of dignity and greater self-esteem and motivation
    • opportunity to teach the next generation the same skills

Current needs:

The 2021-22 farming season is now underway with 725 farmers and their families.  The running cost per farmer for the current season is £80.

On a practical level, there is also need for more staff accommodation, a borehole for the office/staff quarters, and rain!




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