Improving food security and nutrition in South Sudan

War in the Sudan region forced many people to flee their homes, leaving their crops, livestock and livelihoods behind. When the fighting stopped, these people had to start their lives all over again. Caritas Australia is partnering with the Hope Agency for Relief and Development to help particularly vulnerable households get back on their feet.  

A South Sudanese fisherman with his fishing hooks

About the program

Hope Agency for Relief and Development  provides vulnerable households with livestock, seeds, fishing equipment, and training in sustainable farming so they can diversify their income and improve their diet. 

Borehole sign

The program supports female-headed households, young people and people living with a disability or illness. In one village it has also benefited the wider community by helping build a new borehole to provide clean water, and by training community members on good health practices.

Core program activities include:

  • Providing seeds and tools
  • Training farmers on farming skills
  • Helping establish chicken enterprises
  • Providing fishing equipment
  • Providing small livestock such as goats
  • Training of a water management committee to advise communities on how to maintain the new borehole, provide health information and liaise with the Rural Water Department.

All of these activities contribute to improving the communities’ food production and helping to generate incomes. Participating households are able to provide more nutritious food for young children, babies and mothers and the community as a whole also benefits from increased food availability and better farming techniques.

The program currently benefits 500 households in Aweil Centre County, in the Bahr el Ghazal state of South Sudan, which borders with Sudan to the north.


Deng's story
For the first 20 years of his life, Deng lived with his family in a small agricultural village. In 1983, civil war broke out in Sudan and their peaceful existence turned upside down. Terrified, women, men and children fled the local villages to live a life on the run.

Read Deng's inspiring story »

Program details

  • Issues: Food security and agriculture; water and sanitation; disability; women and development; health
  • Partner Agency: Hope Agency for Relief and Development (HARD)
  • Funding in 2014/15 financial year: US $120,000
  • Geographic location: Aweil Centre County in Northern Bahr el Ghazal state
  • When established: 2012