Ifad Supports Livestock Marketing and Climate Resilience in Sudan [press release] (allAfrica.com)

A new US $119.2 million programme in the Sudan has been designed to increase food security, and improve incomes and climate resilience for pastoralist communities by strengthening their access to markets and technologies.
Amira Daoud Hassan Gornass, Permanent Representative, the Republic of the Sudan to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Agencies in Rome and Ambassador of the Republic of Sudan to Italy, and Kanayo F. Nwanze, President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), signed the grant agreement at IFAD headquarters today to finance the Livestock Marketing and Resilience Programme.
Agriculture provides employment for about 75 per cent of the labor force in rural areas in the Sudan, however, agricultural productivity remains low because of erratic climatic conditions, degraded soils, and because many rural people have limited access to technologies and financial services.
Currently, the government is diversifying its cash crops — cotton and gum Arabic remain the country’s major agricultural exports. While livestock production has vast potential — camels and sheep are already exported to Egypt and Saudi Arabia — constraints such as available rural finance and a degraded nature resource base, keep it from becoming a more dynamic sector. “The programme will focus on rehabilitating the natural resources base and building communities’ resilience to climate change while at the same time strengthening key livestock value chains by mobilizing private investments and organizing communities into small enterprises,” said Hani Elsadani, IFAD Country Programme Manager for Sudan. ” The programme will be using a highly participatory approach.”
The programme will reach about 100,000 families living in pastoralist and agro-pastoralist communities in the five states of West Kordofan, North Kordofan, White Nile, Sennar and the Blue Nile. Rural women and young people will be of a particular focus.
Since 1979, IFAD has invested some $286.1 million in programmes and projects in the Sudan, benefiting about 566,000 households.