Meet (2010). A report on Livelihood Survey in Central and Western Equatoria of South Sudan
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This report provides a preview of the findings and conclusions of the LH1 survey that took place between October 2010 and 30th November 2010 in the CWES of Southern Sudan. Livelihood was categorised into four sectors of Farming, Livestock, Small businesses and Vocational activities. The aim was to identify opportunities in promoting the livelihood sector and propose viable interventions that will achieve a vision of better and sustainable quality of life, enhanced food security and alleviation of poverty. The study was carried out in Yei, Morobo, Lainya and Kajo Keji where 23 farmers, 17 livestock persons, 31 small businesses and 21 vocational operators.
This study was to establish if livelihood (LH) projects opportunities exists in the CWES of Southern Sudan as well as identifying CSOs ([CSOM) that can form a new working relationship and cooperation with Oxfam Novib. The study was requested by Oxfam Novib through a TOR of October 2010. Both studies –LH and CSOM were led by Sultan Amri with the field work carried out by four research assistants namely Mary Nyoka, Data John, Eli T. Zaza and Loga Agel between October 2010 and 25th November 2010. This report, however will address only the Livelihood part of the TOR.
The main findings are that there are several opportunities to guide and assist farmers, livestock keepers, small traders and vocational skills practitioners in Yei, Ombasi, Lainya, Morobo and Kajo Keji. The land is fertile, water and rain is available, the areas are relatively free from danger of mines and the people are enthusiastic to be self reliant and are awaiting for capacity building not food aid or donations. Youth and women were prevalent in the small businesses (trading) sector and carpentry but lacked technical skills. Farmers asked for technical assistance and marketing of their goods, while livestock and poultry keepers sought assistance in vet services and modern animal husbandry methods as many had lost their animals due to mysterious diseases. All respondents in the field of livelihood asked for capacity building in technical skills, assistance in credit facilities and
It was concluded that several opportunities exist in the farming, livestock, small business and vocational sectors. In particular, quick-wins opportunities were identified in dairy and poultry, in small businesses, in carpentry and welding and in food and cash crops.