Food security is defined by the World Health Organization as including both physical and economic access to food that meets people's dietary needs as well as their food preferences. SEA Partners is committed to encouraging and supporting food security intiatives in Boma, South Sudan.
Part of thr 52 acres given to us by the local community has been designated as a demonstration farm where instruction is given the community in farming techniques so they can begin to raise their own crops for food. The first harvest of corn in Boma took place in July of 2007 amid much rejoicing. In 2015, 20 acres of maize, beans and cassava were harvested to provide food for the children in the school.
In partnership with Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO), a division of the United Nations, seeds and tools for 1100 households were provided to SEA Partners in 2012. That project has continued to grow as farmers are increasing their capacity to grow crops. In 2017, we intend to plant 425 fruit trees, maize, sweet potatoes, onions, and peppers to demostrate their potential to the local farmers.
In addition, a new project, Farming for Peace being developed to provide long term food security for the entire Boma State. SEA Partners was given 1000 acres of land to develop and the project will begin in 2017 with the planting of 425 fruit trees. This will begin a new level of training for the local people and will provide long-term food security.
If you would like to plant a fruit tree in Boma, please give a gift of $40 online. Your gift will provide food to the people in Boma for many years to come. Thank you.
Corn planted in April 2016 will be used to supplement the school feeding program and SEA Partners' staff food supplies.
Raising goats is an excellent opportunity to develop additional sources of protein for he people of Boma. As of July 2018, 18 goats are being raised as a component of the demonstration farm.