Business fights poverty in South Sudan

Cassava is an important food crop in the Repub...
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South Sudan is the newly formed country in Africa and has been recognised by the UN and the international community unlike Somaliland . But the question on everyone’s lips is WHAT NEXT FOR SOUTH SUDAN?  this 25 minute video clip from the Broadcaster Aljzeera articulates the challenges and in part opportunities that lay ahead fro this newly formed nation.

One way that South Sudan will rebuild itself will be via inward investment  and some businesses have been quick off the mark and headed down to South Sudan to seize those new opportunities.

With that out of the way this post is part of the #30dayblog challenge and for this task I am looking at someone else’s post and giving it my own slant.  The post I have selected was posted on Business Fights Poverty

Business investment and expertise can play a significant part in the future of South Sudan

I applaud SABMILLER‘s innovation by way of coming up with products that mean local people can be included in their business strategy as suppliers. By so doing this makes them a responsible and inclusive business. But I have one major concern here

FOOD SECURITY!

and if you follow/read  this blog regularly you will note that this is a subject that is close to my heart and one that I keep returning to time and time again. In my last post I addressed the question- what is the role of NGO’s in the distribution of food.

In South Sudan SABMILLER  have taken a food crop Cassava and used it to come up with a new product (a brand of beer) in Uganda they used sorghum for the same purpose. Whilst this brings a new products  to which value has been added at source, creates new jobs and includes local farmers in the supply chain both Cassava and Sorghum are food crops.

Questions that spring to mind

  1. this region is susceptible to food shortages- should food crops be diverted to other uses such as beer or even bio fuels?
  2. What is being done about food security?

I note from the article that SABMILLER has teamed up with FARM AFRICA and NGO that works with farmers in this part of Africa. Unfortunately the article does not tell us much about this relationship especially as it affects food security.  OK,  one might argue that the article was not about food security in South Sudan but in my mind this is probably going to be one of the greatest challenges this new country faces

So over to you folk, have you got a view on any of the issues raised here? If so please do leave me a comment if not please consider sharing this post with someone who might have a view

 

 

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