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5/11/2016 11:22:14 AM
Posted: 5 months ago
Khartoum - To celebrate Europe Day 2016, the Delegation of the European Union (EU) signed agreements for development projects with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).
The EU will provide initial funding of 3 million EURO to FAO to implement a project in Darfur. The project will support small-scale rural farmers, pastoralists and internally displaced persons (IDPs) to inclusively and transparently manage their fragile land resources and achieve peaceful and sustainable development. The project will facilitate access to crop land, livestock routes and pastures for rural communities, as well as support the development of practical dispute resolution mechanisms to address competition over natural resources. . FAO will implement the project with support from the Darfur Land Commission (DLC), the Darfur Regional Authority (DRA), the Voluntary Return and Resettlement Commission (VRRC) and state Ministries of Agriculture, Animal Resources and Housing and Public Infrastructure.

The EU is also providing 3.4 million EURO for a project implemented by the United Nations Environment Programme, the Darfur Development and Reconstruction Agency and SOS Sahel in West Kordofan, West and Central Darfur. Youth, women, internally displaced people, local farmers and pastoralists are among those to benefit from reduced incidences of local strife over natural resources. The aim of the project is to better manage natural resources, provide technical assistance and strengthen capacity for dispute resolution.

Ambassador Tomas Ulicny, Head of Delegation of the European Union said: "The new projects reflect the commitment of the European Union to the peaceful future of communities in Sudan. This will be achieved by improving sustainable development through better management of natural resources and access to land. These two projects, which will be implemented over the next three years, will foster policies to prevent disputes over scarce resources, which have been a major source of conflict in Darfur".

Dr. Abdi Adan Jama, FAO Representative to Sudan said: "FAO is extremely pleased to be partnering with the EU and the Government of Sudan to support inclusive, pro-poor agricultural development through responsible land governance in Darfur. Agriculture is the backbone of Darfur"s economy and is the principal source of livelihoods for local communities. This project is an important step in strengthening sustainable and community-based management of land resources to eradicate hunger and poverty in Darfur. This is a critical component of FAO"s work to improve the region"s food and nutrition security."

Mr. Bradley Smith, Head of UNEP Office to Sudan said: We"re very pleased that the inception phase of the project has been successfully completed and is well received and supported by local communities, state governments and our implementing partners. Given that the people of Darfur and Kordofan rely heavily on the environment to meet their basic needs, we believe this project will enable communities to resolve disputes over environmental resources through better management of their water, land and trees. We look forward to implementation, in partnership with key state actors, to jointly improve natural resource management and support peace and sustainable development.