Enhancing Climate Resilience of Vulnerable Communities and Ecosystems in South Sudan

Local authorities and communities will be strengthened in their technical and managerial capacities to reduce people’s livelihood exposure, vulnerability and resilience to floods and drought thus increasing food production and reduce food insecurity as well as displacement of people and competition over natural resources. This will be achieved through improved communication, coordination and knowledge-sharing, early warning systems and appropriate legislation. 

Country/region Topic Period Budget
South Sudan
Climate change and environment
Agriculture & food security
Disaster risk reduction DRR
Household food security
Agricultural services & market
01.06.2023 - 31.05.2026
CHF  1’500’000
Background South Sudan was ranked 8th most affected countries by impacts of weather-related loss by Global Climate Risk Index (CRI), in 2021. Since 2019, recurrent floods and droughts have negatively impacted the socioeconomic status of households, 80 percent of whom are in rural areas, depending on rainfed agriculture, hence vulnerable. In 2021 Northern Bahr El Ghazal (NBeG) recorded one of the worst annual flood-related cereal damages making up a loss of 5 % of their gross cereal production Within NBeG, Aweil North and Center were most affected from 2019 - 2022. Maban witnessed the most severe flood event since 1984. 83 percent of the households (200,000 people) were affected, and 2,500 to 5,000 tons of cereals destroyed. Throughout 2021, satellite data indicated irregular and less than typical rainfall in Kapoeta East and Kapoeta North, leading to drought, which impacts on harvest and livestock. Over 3,500 pastoralists migrated from Kapoeta East to North to survive drought-induced starvation. The pressure on the limited natural resources in Kapoeta North has increased, and tension between the host communities and the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) is rising. 
Objectives The overall objective of the project is to strengthen resilience and adaptive capacity to climate-related shocks and natural hazards in Northern Bahr El Ghazal, Maban and Kapoeta North.
Target groups
  • 240 households, 50% male and 50% female, directly benefit from the development and implementation of Community Disaster Risk Reduction (CDRR) strategies at county levels
  • 1800 households, 50% male and 50% female, benefit directly from seeds and tools in the recovery phase.
  • 10,000 people, 50% male and 50% female, benefit directly from weather data information NB: the capacity training and the land cover map are expected to benefit wider community across South Sudan.
Medium-term outcomes
  1. Increased resilience through strengthening Disaster Risk Management (DRM), early warning and early action skills (mechanisms) 
  2. Strengthen capacities of communities to respond to climatic shocks and stresses through climate smart agriculture and nature-based solutions

Expected results:  

  • Institutional and technical capacity for DRM strengthened
  • Data, Knowledge and Early warning systems in place for enhanced flood and drought related disaster risk reduction
  • Feasibility of anticipatory action (AA) and advocacy for climate financing identified 
  • Inclusive climate smart agriculture (CSA) technologies promoted and practiced
  • Nature-based Solutions (Nbs) and sustainable natural resource management to reduce climatic shocks/stresses promoted 
  • Capacities for peacebuilding, conflict, fragility and gender strengthened

Results from previous phases:  

  • A new land cover map was developed 
  • Geospatial module for monitoring floods were developed for NBeG5/Maban/Pibor 
  • 50 people from line ministries were trained in GIS technology
  • Improved access to climate forecast through distribution of 45 solar radios in NBeG, and in Maban 210,000 received radio messages 
  • Early warning Technical Working Groups TWG) were supported with an inventory data on flood prone areas
  • Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs supported with 26 sessions of skills training to execute disaster coordination mandate
  • Seven Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) committee were established
  • Over 3000 households benefitted from flood response livelihoods input (seeds and fishing kits) and 430 households boosted income through cash for work.


Directorate/federal office responsible SDC
Project partners Contract partner
United Nations Organization (UNO)
  • Food and Agricultural Organisation
  • United Nation Food and Agriculture Organisation (UNFAO), South Sudan

Coordination with other projects and actors CREWS United Nations Country Framework (UNCF), Food Security and Livelihoods Cluster (FSLC), Partnership for Resilience, Peace and Recovery (PfPRR), South Sudan Relief and Rehabilitation Commission (SSRRC), Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management (MHADM), Ministry of Environment (MoE) and UNOCHA
Budget Current phase Swiss budget CHF    1’500’000 Swiss disbursement to date CHF    400’000
Project phases Phase 2 01.06.2023 - 31.05.2026   (Current phase)