Community capacity building for agricultural projects
True to our call to empower Africa, JAM South Sudan is implementing various agricultural projects including, vegetable production, construction and/or rehabilitation of feeder roads and water canals, as well as the construction or rehabilitation of water points for livestock.
In order to prepare the communities of Lake State, namely Rumbek North, Yirol East, and Awerial, JAM has embarked on a community building drive focusing on diversified agriculture, environment and disaster risk reduction in order to achieve the desired strategic objectives.
To further support this aim, JAM has recruited technical programme staff to assist with implementation and monitoring.
Project awareness and consultative meetings were conducted during the programme’s early phase in all three Counties. These meetings were particularly significant because various local authorities participated including County Commissioners, Payam Administrators, the Relief and Rehabilitation Coordinators, government representatives, as well as traditional leaders.
Discussions at the meetings were around objectives, roles and responsibilities, project interventions and identifications, project evaluation, implementation, project management, food delivery, distribution, and accountability.
Through these discussions, the communities were able to not only get a chance to know more about the opportunities JAM is making available to them, but they were also able to ask questions, which led to greater community participation and engagement.
Since these meetings, JAM has started some vegetable gardens and began work on feeder roads and water ponds projects. An impressive 53 160 project participants have registered and are engaged in the implementation process, and there has been further capacity building activities to enhance participation in the projects.