Signature of a financing agreement to support an agricultural cooperative of women in Yirol
On September 24th, the Ambassador of France in South Sudan, Mr Christian Bader, and the project manager of the local NGO Diar Rehabilitation and Development Association (DRDA), Mr Perez Kawumi, signed a financing agreement for a project aimed at supporting an agricultural cooperative of women in Yirol (Lakes state).
Support to a agricultural project benefiting 472 women
The grant of 91 455 Euros awarded by the French Embassy to DRDA will be used to build two classrooms and a meeting room and to provide the farm school with communication devices and an access to Internet. The project is co-financed by Total Exploration and Production in South Sudan and is already benefiting 472 women. Plots of land, seeds and tools for cultivation of cereals and pulses have been given to each woman. Adult education courses and agricultural trainings are also provided to beneficiaries to empower them and give them the skills needed to manage the cooperative themselves.
At the occasion of Mr Ambassador’s visit, women beneficiaries performed traditional dances.
A project financed by the Social Fund for Development
The project is financed by the Social Fund for Development - a financing mechanism established by the French Embassy to support local development initiatives of civil society organisations in South Sudan. This project is the first one to be funded under the new envelope of 400 000 Euros allocated by the French government to finance micro-projects in South Sudan over the next 2 years.
Visit of the project by Mr Ambassador Christian Bader
Two days before the signature of the financing agreement, Mr Ambassador Christian Bader went to Yirol to visit the project and meet beneficiaries and local authorities. The Ambassador met with authorities of Lakes state (the Minister of Infrastructure and representative of the Governor, Ms Adak Costa Mapuor, two ministers of the state government and the delegate of SPLM in Lakes state) and from the County of Yirol West (the high commissioner and paramount chiefs), as well as with the representative of Total in South Sudan, Mr Lionel Marais. Mr Ambassador was pleased to see the commitment of beneficiaries, the achievements already made in the farm school, and the promising results of agricultural activities. All these elements will ensure the success of this innovative project.
Mr Ambassador, Christian Bader, the representative of Total in South Sudan, Mr Lionel Marais, and the Minister of Infrastructure and representative of the governor, Ms Adak Costa Mapuor, are visiting the agricultural fields of the farm school.