Food Security & Livelihood

A member of a community farming group set up by Save the Children waters her crops in Pagak, Upper Nile state, South Sudan (Colin Crowley/Save the Children)

South Sudan faces interwoven problems of food insecurity, high rates of malnutrition, poor education attainment levels and low human resource capital. However, the country is highly fertile and there are great opportunities for young people to the learn skills that can allow them to feed and support their families.

Our Food Security and Livelihoods (FSL) work provides vulnerable families with skills training, equipment and tools, and support to set up small businesses.

In Jonglei, Upper Nile and Western Bahr el Ghazal states we are empowering farmers to increase what they grow and can sell at market by teaching them agricultural techniques on demonstration farms, as well as providing livestock and improving access to markets.

In Lakes state we offer young people who dropped out of school, including girls who left education early to get married and demobilized child soldiers, with access to practical courses in a variety of disciplines, including carpentry, masonry, hairdressing, agriculture and tailoring.