By Akol Madut Ngong
The Ministry of Agriculture and food Security in partnership with Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO), UNIEF and World Food Programme (WFP) on Saturday held a one-day workshop at Pyramid Continental Hotel-Juba, to assess the deteriorating food insecurity across South Sudan.
Addressing the participants, the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management Peter Mayen urged relevant stakeholders to support Agriculture cooperative societies in the country to ensure that food is provided to those in need.
“We have to think on the value and the importance of the report and the action that it requires, the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management to be part of all these issues of food insecurity and Humanitarian situation in the country” Peter Mayen said.
As a country, “we have been ultimately facing challenges but not only South Sudan, it’s the whole world as a result of climate change, rain is rising here in Juba in far northeast, temperature has created a challenge that has reduced the country’s ability to produce more food but we believe our partners will create a conducive environment in this country,” Minister Mayen explained.
“We were facing four challenges: the Humanitarian situation, cultural activities at the lower level, irrigation and the agricultural cooperative society, we have to support them in order to boost production,” he added.
“The Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management definitely is working closely with the Ministry of Agriculture to ensure that food is provided on the table for the needy people” Mayen said.