Sahel reporter

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Sahel reporter
SOS Sahel International UK
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SOS Sahel International UK
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volume ; 31 cm


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SOS Sahel (Organization : London, England) ( lcnaf )
SOS Sahel International UK
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Africa -- Sahel
أفريقيا - الساحل
Afrique - Sahel
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Catalogued from No. 19, Spring 2015
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VIAF (name authority) : SOS Sahel (Organization : London, England) : URI
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Continued by: SOS Sahel newsletter

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Dear Friend,

Welcome to the latest edition of the Sahel Reporter,
keeping you up-to-date on our activities in Sudan,
South Sudan and Ethiopia.

lam so pleased to be writing to you as the new
Director of SOS Sahel International UK! As 1am
being welcomed into my post, we are unfortunately
saying goodbye to some other staff members. Many
of you will be sad to hear that Anna Rowett has
moved on from SOS Sahel after five years of hard
work and dedication, both in the UK office and
supporting SOS Sahel South Sudan. | am also sad to
report that Hannah Spens-Black, our Programme
Support Manager, has too moved on. We wish them
both the best of luck in the future.

As you may know, the countries that we work in are
in a precarious situation today, not least because of
the El Nifio that has hit already challenging climates.
SOS Sahel was set up in the 1980s as a response to
drought and famine across the Sahel; now, failed
rains mean that Ethiopia is facing a drought of the
same severity. In South Sudan, 2.8 million people
are in need of food assistance, exacerbated by the
effects of El Nifio. The impact in Sudan is expected
to be severe as 2016 progresses.

It is now more important than ever to look forward
at a changing climate and support the people with
whom we work to build secure, resilient livelihoods.
Humanitarian relief is essential, but so too is long-
term food security, peace and wellbeing.

| want to personally thank you for all that you have
given to SOS Sahel in the past, and hope that you
can continue to support us today.

Thank you,

tine tf

Linda Horgan



The Sahel Reporter

Supporting livelihoods through trade in Darfur

Since 2010, SOS Sahel has been working in Darfur, a region of Sudan
well known for its ongoing conflict. Darfur has experienced almost non
-stop fighting since 2003, which has devastated the region, claiming
approximately 400,000 lives and displacing 2.7 million civilians.

The population of Darfur relies heavily on trade for their livelinoods.
However conflict has disrupted trading immensely: farmers and
herders are often unable to reach markets safely; prices fluctuate
frequently; trade routes to key markets are sometimes blocked; and,
transportation and other costs are steadily rising.

n order to support the recovery of livelihoods in the long-term, we
work with a local NGO in Darfur, the Darfur Development and
Reconstruction Agency, to monitor markets and analyse the shifting

pattern of trade across the region. Local community-based

organisations collect data from traders at local markets. Information is
gathered on key commodity prices (such as cereal, livestock, fruit and
vegetables) and other factors, such as transport costs, transport
routes and the impact of the conflict on flows of goods. Findings are
then written up and circulated widely across Darfur and Sudan. You


can take a look at these reports on our website:

These reports are used by NGOs undertaking livelinoods and recovery
programmes in Darfur; the work contributes to the analysis and
knowledge of how livelinood resilience can be strengthened through
markets and trade and through supporting civil society organisations.
The findings are also used by organisations such as the World Food
Programme and the Food and Agricultural Organisation as early
warning signs and to support strategic planning for humanitarian food

assistance across Darfur.

Please Give

Regular Donation


© SOS Sahel UK, 2015

5 10 per month

Could help fishermen in Red Sea State gain access
to improved fishing equipment and training.


Single Donation

Could contribute towards trade
analysis training for community-
based organisations in Darfur .


Could support the construction of

£100 a new sustainable water source in


Please visit or send any
contributions you can to the Oxford office.

Other ways to give

Please remember us in your will. We are so
grateful to the generous supporters who leave a gift

for us in their will. Every gift, no matter how large
or small, makes such a difference.

Food security in the Red Sea State

Red Sea State is situated in the north east of Sudan; its rural areas are
home to some of the poorest people in the country and food
insecurity is high. SOS Sahel have been working in rural Red Sea State
to change the tide away from crisis-based interventions, such as a
chronic reliance on food aid, towards longer-term development

SOS Sahel are working with the indigenous Beja people to develop two
livelihoods: horticulture - growing fruit, vegetables, fodder and other
crops in home gardens - and near-shore artisan fishing in the Red Sea,
on foot or on small boats. These are established livelinoods but are
strongly under-developed and have a great potential to increase
incomes and address food insecurity. Both livelinoods require
practical expertise which is lacking in the traditionally pastoralist

indigenous culture.

The project links horticulturalists and fishermen with appropriate
inputs and technology, as well as teaching them improved practices
and techniques. Beneficiaries contribute towards inputs (such as tools
and seeds) provided by local suppliers, through partial subsidies from
the project. They are then trained on new practices and techniques,
often through ‘training by doing’, such as on demonstration farms.

So far, the project has reached 888
and 2,300 fishermen.
Those seeing the results of the first


year of the project are keen to be
involved in the future in order to
improve their livelihoods in the

© SOS Sahel UK, 2015


The plight of national NGOs in South Sudan

Since its establishment in 2011, SOS Sahel South Sudan has had to be
flexible and evolve with the changing dynamics on the ground in
South Sudan. However, two years on from the beginning of the
conflict that has devastated the country and the position of national
NGOs is increasingly unstable. The need for humanitarian relief is
extremely high, exacerbated by the recent El Nifio disaster that hit the
region. Therefore, donors are naturally focused on humanitarian aid
and not long-term development projects. In this context, SOS Sahel
South Sudan are at a cross roads, with little donor funding available.

We are so proud of what our newest partner has been able to achieve
over the last five years, but their future is not certain. We will keep
you updated on the road ahead.

SOS Sahel International UK

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