Vegetables help fight hunger and malnutrition amid flooding in South SudanAdd to Lightbox Download
Gatkuolh Thichuong walks through part of his farm that is flooded in Nyikan, a small village along the Akobo River in South Sudan, near the country's border with Ethiopia.
The flooding forced him to leave his farm and move to nearby Akobo for several weeks. After returning home, he has hosted two families who were displaced by flooding elsewhere.
In response to unprecedented flooding and fighting in the area, DanChurchAid, a member of the ACT Alliance, is helping families with food and livelihood projects aimed at lowering vulnerability and increasing food security at a time when the arrival of many newly displaced families increased competition in the community over scarce food resources.
Many families, including Gatkuolh Thichuong's family, received goats as part of the program.
He also received vegetable seeds, and training on how to raise them. He says his grandparents didn't eat vegetables, but that over time the culture has changed. With DCA's assistance, he has expanded both the variety and amount of vegetables that he grows.
"The children love to eat them. I send them to pick tomatoes and they eat them all before they come home," he said.
DanChurchAid works in the area in collaboration with Nile Hope, a South Sudanese organization.
Photo by Paul Jeffrey for the ACT Alliance.
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