After Haiti and Tanzania, Aquaplus now turns to Juba, South Sudan, where approximately 8000 rural inhabitants have moved towards the city, looking for safety from armed looters.
The objective of the Program Aquaplus is also in Sud Sudan to develop sustainable and durable agriculture, starting from water. The Program has been composed of four phases, immediately requiring from the outset the population’s involvement and training.
Providing clean water for food and suffi cient for crop growing, is achieved by means of wells for potable water and collection from the Nile for irrigation purposes. The local water supply system is managed by a local Committee.
Thanks to the collaboration between the Faculty of Agricultural Sciences of the University of Milan, Fondazione Politecnico, the local Catholic University of Juba and South Sudan’s Ministry of Agriculture, the second phase is aimed to the training of agronomy experts and teachers to educate the farmers on how to make the best use of their land.
Is dedicated to the development of a Service Center which will help farmers to cultivate and commercialise products by means
of agricultural machinery and equipment for storage and transformation. Farmers’ cooperatives are entrusted with the management of this process. They will provide raw materials and will therefore benefit from the resulting economic income.
This phase involves, as already done in the Haiti and Tanzania Aquaplus projects, the study and production of food supplements for children made of local crops and containing portions of Moringa Oleifera, which grows well and fast also in this area with its rich content in vitamins, minerals and proteins. The objective is to obtain autochthonous supplements consistent with WHO requirements. By means of an appropriate sensibilization campaign, AQUAPLUS will introduce these products to rural communities, mothers and pregnant women.
The partners of AQUAPLUS in this project in Sud Sudan are:
The Lombardy Region, The University of Milan,
Fondazione EDODÉ, MLFM, Studio Majone,
Fondazione Fratelli di San Francesco, Juba Diocesan Caritas,
Rotary Club Juba.
The project is as well open to many other partnerships:
Italian food companies interested in agricultural products that can be grown in this area, agricultural machinery manufacturing companies interested in exporting to South Sudan, and humanitarian foundations interested in supporting the initiative.