A Fresh Crop: Exciting Environmental Initiatives Take Hold in Northern Sudan
Under the framework of UNDP’s “Implementing NAPA Priority Interventions to Build Resilience in the Agriculture and Water Sectors to the Adverse Impacts of Climate Change” project, the Higher Council for Environment and Natural Resources of the Government of Sudan, with the support of UNDP is implementing pilot adaptation measures and strengthening national and local capacities to respond to climate change and its impact in Sudan.
The pictures show activities implemented in River Nile State, where six villages that lay alongside the western bank of the River Atbara have been targeted by UNDP for increasing the resilience of the local communities to the effects of climate change in Sudan. Through an extensive consultative process among local stakeholders and community members, these six villages were revealed to be among the hardest hit by recurring food insecurity issues. In recent years, as climate change has further taken its toll on the dry, desolate region, the riverine villages have again and again received below average flooding which has in turn resulted in significantly lower crop yields during the cultivation season. For the farmers of Lower Atbara who depend on the meagre waters to sustain their livelihoods - the struggle to provide the basic needs for their families has become even more pronounced.
Beginning in 2011, the bold initiatives undertaken by the project have consisted of awareness raising activities, supplying supplementary irrigation, provision of agricultural extension and improved seeds, introduction of cash crops and vegetables, planting of shelterbelts to reduce sand encroachment and availing butane gas to the communities.
The project is made possible through the generous support of the Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF) of the Global Environment Facility (GEF).