A beekeeper in Sudan, Darfur province, wearing appropriate clothing and looking after a beehive.
SDC supports Sudanese refugees in building up beekeeping, thus improving their economic situation.
Photo: © UNDP


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For over 13 years, devastating conflict has dominated Sudan, forcing the population to flee the fighting and destroying their livelihoods in the process. Swiss Development Cooperation (SDC) is supporting a UN reconstruction programme in Sudan which, among other things, aims to improve the economic situation of smallholder farmers.

According to the UN, the armed conflicts between the Sudanese government, the opposition forces and ethnic groups have caused the forced displacement of 3.1 million people inside the country, including 2.6 million in Darfur and more than 550,000 in South and West Kordofan and Blue Nile. In the early months of 2016, the number of internally displaced persons rose further owing to new emergencies, especially in Darfur.

The population of Sudan are dependent on humanitarian aid. This is partly due to the war, but also to repeated natural disasters such as droughts and floods, which have created food insecurity and malnutrition.

By contributing to pooled funds, Switzerland helps to ensure that emergency relief projects quickly receive the financial support they need. At the same time, longer-term reconstruction is required, as livelihoods and resources have been destroyed. Since 2011 SDC has been contributing to a reconstruction programme in Darfur (Darfur Livelihoods and Recovery Programme) implemented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

One component of this programme is geared towards the integration of smallholder farmers in different value chains.

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