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Sustainable agriculture as a means for promoting food security, women's empowerment, and socio-economic development – AGREE

South Sudan



Aid type

Project-type interventions

South Sudan



€ 1,687,995
€ 1,012,797


VIDES submits the project in collaboration with FVGS, Co.PE, Simurg, University of Pavia, and AES. It aims to strengthen a diversified and sustainable agricultural production capacity of the women farmers of the villages of Nesitu, Mori, Mogiri, Bilinyang, Mafau, Jebel Lemon, Kodoro, Adodi, Shirkat, and Gumbo in South Sudan to improve their food security and that of their families and communities. The project area is characterized by widespread poverty and an acute food and livelihood crisis. Women farmers are the pivot of the local economy and, at the same time, the most vulnerable. Agriculture remains traditional and for subsistence use. The project focuses on strengthening the human, physical, financial, social, and natural capital of women farmers with attention to vulnerable categories. These forms of capital are absent in the project area due to the prolonged conflict and insecurity that have plagued the country. However, they represent the pillars on which their resilience to health, economic, and natural shocks rests and on which to base the reconstruction of the agricultural sector of the project area in the post-COVID-19 period. The initiative aims to contribute to Sustainable Development Goal number 2 on "End hunger, achieve food security, improve nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture." Specifically, it focuses on targets 2.1, 2.3, and 2.4. The project proposal is in line with the national policies of South Sudan and, in particular, those on the agricultural sector, food security, and the empowerment of women. It represents a further step in a long journey undertaken by VIDES and FVGS in South Sudan in favour of gender empowerment to develop sustainable agriculture and improve food security. These are the sectors in which all project partners have a relevant experience. The project's impact is to contribute to food security and proper human nutrition through the development of sustainable agriculture and the empowerment of female farmers. In the short and medium terms, the results of the initiative aim to achieve the outcome of increasing the resilience, productivity, and income of female-headed family farms through safe and equitable access to knowledge, factors of production, and resources. The proposed activities are organized into two outputs. The first output aims to increase the income generation capacities of beneficiary farmers through investments in female human capital in the management of the sustainable agri-food chain. There are four activities planned. First of all, a technical-professional training course in the practice of sustainable agriculture accompanies women farmers throughout the entire life of the project. This activity is integrated by a second training intervention preparatory to the creation of amicrofinance network. For the development of the agri-food model proposed by the project, constant support from institutions and the community is required. For this reason, the last two activities aim at institutional capacity building through the transfer to local stakeholders and, in particular, to the public sector, of a tool for analyzing the state of gender empowerment and the specificities of the Salesian model of sustainable agriculture. The second output aims to achieve diversified and ecologically sustainable food production at the local level through four activities. First of all, the construction of the agricultural infrastructure and the provision of technical equipment and their use for the training and production activities of women farmers and the establishment of a mango drying plant. These activities are essential for the transformation of traditional and subsistence agriculture towards early forms of marketing. The spread of agricultural practices that respect environmental resources, the promotion of the use of local seeds, the construction of works with green building criteria, and, in particular, the use of the drip irrigation system read more close
Year Committed Used
2023 € 1,687,995 € 1,012,797


Type Name Channel code
Government AICS - Italian Agency for Cooperation and Development 11000

Channel reported

Type Name Channel code

Project data

  • IATI IdentifierXM-DAC-6-4-012590-06-7
  • AID012590/06/7
  • Planned start 2022/07/01
  • Planned End 2025/06/30
  • Actual start 2023/02/03
  • Actual end -
  • Bi/Multilateral Bilateral
  • Status Implementation
  • Tied status Tied


  • 31120 - Agricultural development 75.0%
  • 31181 - Agricultural education/training 25.0%

Policy markers

  • Gender Equality principal objective
  • Disaster Risk Reduction(DRR) significant objective
  • Disability not targeted
  • Nutrition principal objective
  • Aid to Environment principal objective
  • Participatory Development/Good Governance significant objective
  • Trade Development significant objective
  • Aid Targeting the Objectives of the Convention on Biological Diversity significant objective
  • Aid Targeting the Objectives of the Framework Convention on Climate Change - Mitigation significant objective
  • Aid Targeting the Objectives of the Framework Convention on Climate Change - Adaptation significant objective
  • Aid Targeting the Objectives of the Convention to Combat Desertification not targeted
  • Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (RMNCH) not targeted


  • 2.1 - By 2030, end hunger and ensure access by all people, in particular the poor and people in vulnerable situations, including infants, to safe, nutritious and sufficient food all year round
  • 2.3 - By 2030, double the agricultural productivity and incomes of small-scale food producers, in particular women, indigenous peoples, family farmers, pastoralists and fishers, including through secure and equal access to land, other productive resources and inputs, knowledge, financial services, markets and opportunities for value addition and non-farm employment
  • 2.4 - By 2030, ensure sustainable food production systems and implement resilient agricultural practices that increase productivity and production, that help maintain ecosystems, that strengthen capacity for adaptation to climate change, extreme weather, drought, flooding and other disasters and that progressively improve land and soil quality