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February 3, 2017

Agricultural sector: Completion of the "Project for Comprehensive Agricultural Development Master Plan (CAMP)"

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3rd February, the "Project for Comprehensive Agriculture Master Plan (CAMP)" concluded its final meeting of the project. You can see the great contributors in the picture: National and State Government officials, JICA expert team and the staff of JICA South Sudan.

The CAMP project is ending after the implementation period for 4.5 years. During that time, the project experienced evacuation of JICA expert team and remote operation twice due to the unrest of the country in December 2014 and July 2016, but the project achieved to formulate this very first long-term agricultural development plan for South Sudan. In the process of CAMP formulation, the Government officials from the national to the state level have made tremendous efforts, because this kind of task was the first experience for everyone. Such efforts of the Government were supported by not only JICA but also Canada, EU, FAO, GIZ and other development partners.

After the formulation of CAMP, the project extended its cooperation period and shifted its activities to support another challenge of the Government; to set up the structure and mechanism to implement CAMP. In this period, the structure and mechanism proposed in CAMP was by the Government officials from the national and the state level.

Now CAMP is going through the approval process in the parliament. At the end of the project, the Ministries concerned expressed their strong commitment to have CAMP approved at the parliament and to implement this 25-years road map to achieve agriculture development of South Sudan. The long process toward the development has only just begun. We are looking forward to their efforts and progress for the implementation of CAMP, and JICA will continue to support their initiative.

What is the "Project for Comprehensive Agricultural Development Master Plan (CAMP)"?

The national revenue of South Sudan has been heavily reliant on oil. However, South Sudan, where subsistence agriculture and pastoralism are engaged by 78% of the population, has a high potential for agriculture as an alternative source of national revenues with its rich natural resources such as vast arable land, water availability from the precipitation and rivers including the Nile, and so on.

The Government of South Sudan regards the agriculture sector as the driving force for the future economic growth of the country, and requested the Government of Japan the technical assistance to develop the master plan which will guide the agricultural development. In this background, the project started in July 2012 in collaboration with relevant ministries of this target sector. The government ownership and wider involvement of various stakeholders including development partners are the major principles of the project. This master plan was developed in May 2015, which comprehensively covers all subsectors: crop, livestock, forestry and fisheries, and provides the clear direction to achieve the agriculture transformation in coming 25 years.

With the objective of effective use and management of water resources for agriculture, another project was simultaneously implemented and another master plan, the Irrigation Development Master Plan (IDMP), was formulated in December 2015.

The Government of South Sudan is now working on the implementation of CAMP as well as IDMP.

Voice form JICA's partner:

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Prof. Mathew Gordon Udo

- Undersecretary of the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security -

He has been one of the key persons responsible of the project since its formulation stage, 2011.

"The project with JICA is very good indeed. Meetings and workshops are also very good. We need continual cooperation with Japanese and appreciate future cooperation with JICA."

At the end, he provided us an encouraging assertion that the Government will take leadership and has full commitment to implement CAMP and IDMP.


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Eng. Isaac Liabwel C. Yol

- Undersecretary of the Ministry of Water Resources and Irrigation -

He has encouraged and directed the project with his strong leadership, especially from the view point of irrigation, responsible of IDMP.

"Japanese have provided a well-dedicated assistance which geared towards our cooperation toward the creation of self-confidence and commitment.
[At the end of the project,] the exit strategy was well organized and I hope the future projects for implementation after a successful formulation."


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Mr. John Pangech

- Director General of Planning and Agricultural Economics of Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security -

He has played an important role as a leader of the task team for the formulation, as well as the start-up stage for the implementation.

"My impression on Japan is; Japan is developed with rich resources and Japanese people are hard workers and very generous to give their resources to develop other people to stand for themselves.
The current project with JICA required the most detail work and is one of the land mark projects in the form of giving real tools to South Sudanese people to transform Agricultural sector."


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Mr. Michaya Gamunde Nasona

- Acting Director for Planning of the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security -

Department of planning is the key for implementation; he provided a lot of useful inputs.

"I have been involved in the inception process of the project. I was deeply impressed by the work and technical support by the Japanese experts. I have also participated in JICA's training in Japan; the Japanese people were generous and cooperative. Thanks to the tax payers of Japan….JICA's project supports for the capacity development for the government staff of the Ministry concerned. This project is ending but continuous support is needed for the implementation of CAMP and IDMP."


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Ms. Charity Martin Andrew Wani

- Acting Director for Afforestation Development of the State Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry -

She joined the project activity since 2016, as a state focal person of the forestry subsector.

"Really Japanese people are good and humble so they support us, people of South Sudan to improve our Agriculture and future.
The project was successful because we discussed a lot and worked hard on the CAMP document itself and the pilot project, the medium term prioritized projects as well."

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