Farmers clear the land, grow the crops and sell the produce. Typical crops grown within the area in questions would include maize, beans, onions, potatoes, cabbage, carrots and kale.
Project Location:   Obbo Payam, Magur County, South Sudan

Project Objectives:   To assist local farmers in their quest to develop a robust agriculturally based economy.

Target Group: Our objective is to provide assistance to two individual farmer groups for the current cropping year for this pilot project. 
Number of People Impacted: Each farming group has approximately 175 individuals living within the geographical area. Total of 350 people.

Areas of Focus: Farmers clear the land, grow the crops and sell the produce. Typical crops grown within the area in questions would include maize, beans, onions, potatoes, cabbage, carrots and kale.

Sustainability – How and for what time frame is project sustainable:   This is a long term, largely self-funding project seeking short-term funding. Agriculture by its very nature is all about growth of seed --- be it of the plant variety or donor $$ variety. The local farmers are seeking short-term financial support to purchase improved seed varieties. HPI (Humanity’s Promise Int’l) believes that the local farmers will successfully grow themselves forward and to be able to internally finance their own agricultural future.

HPI is proposing to clear 1.5 acres for 50 individual farmers for a total of 75 acres. Typical earnings per acre are in the $250-350 USD range. How much produce surplus is unknown at this time as this is a pilot project and would depend on a number of factors. Storage, distribution and marketing 
is the greater unknown challenges that HPI anticipates for the project.

An additional 25 acres to be cleared and seeded will be at the HPI RSS’s (Humanity’s Promise Int’l Republic South Sudan) Obbo farm. The existing farm has 35 acres cleared and seeded by local farmers working on this project. The farm will be operated as a cooperative to land clear, seed and sell the produce. The farmers will be paid in produce and or by a wage. This farm will help sustain the project long term. Excess funds could be used for future land clearing and seed on the other granted land.

Expected Outcomes: The lands of S Sudan are highly fertile and productive, normally producing 3 crops/year, field with access to irrigation will grow a 4th crop. Under typical growing conditions for example - a kilo of beans will yield 15-20 kilos. One of the KEY principles that HPI has  requested from each farmer group is that all hungry people within the entire area be addressed before surplus food be moved to market at Juba. Distance from Juba to the Obbo area where all of the land clearing and planting will occur is roughly 135 kms.
Methodology (How will it Happen):   HPI proposes to continue with it’s HANDS ON approach with its activities in S Sudan. Over the last 3 years HPI has developed strong relationships within the Obbo farming community and envisions being present and actively engaged with the Obbo  farmers as they transition towards a modern farming industry. At the onset of this project HPI will select two farmer groups as the first groups to receive support with clearing 1.5 acres of land for each of its farmer members along with seed to plant out this land. No additional costs are anticipated with the growing and harvesting of the crops.

South Sudan experiences 9 month growing season and a 3-month dry season. It is during the dry season January, February and March when conditions are ideal for the clearing of the grassland and wooded lands. Sowing of crops occur through out the other months. HPI shall clear and plant acreages in accordance to available funding.

An HPI RSS operation manager would manage the project.

The random selection will continue until each farmer has received assistance clearing the land. HPI will continue to clear the and crop the 250 acres of river’s edge land that was granted by the local government authorities. The South Sudanese have not yet established a land ownership system in the rural areas where individuals gain title to a specific piece of land. The land is owned by the people of the area. Village elders grant authority to individuals to maintain control of specific parcels of land. Such is the case for the land that has been granted to HPI at no fee.

A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) defining roles and responsibilities will be signed by all parties.