Integrated Energy Solutions, Agricultural Value Chain and Building Resilience to Transform Precarious situations in the Desert part of Africa
In a collaborative initiative, the African Development Bank (AfDB) and the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) have joined efforts to operationalize the ‘Desert to Power program’ in eleven countries including Sudan. In his key note remarks at the opening session on 25 July 2017 in Khartoum, Abdul Kamara, Manager of AfDB’s Sudan Country Office said that the objective of the Initiative is to transform precarious situations in the desert part of Africa into development opportunities for local communities. He reiterated that this would be achieved through integrated interventions that combine energy solutions, agricultural value chain and building resilience to climate change that promotes industrialization. On his part, the Resident Representative of FAO emphasized that Sudan has expansive arable lands under the gum belt together with significant renewable energy potentials which need to be tapped.
Illustration Photo: A farmer collects the remains of the harvest in her land at the outskirts of Madjoub village, North Darfur. The water from the rainy season (June-September) is already gone and the farmers reported they don't have enough water to grow their cultivation during the dry season. The United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP) with its implementing partner Practical Action is assessing the needs of a 50-kilometer-long-area of El Kua river, near El Fasher, to invest 7 million dollars in helping farmers to increase their production, keeping the environment, with new technologies and a better management of the livestock and natural resources. (credits: Albert González Farran, UNAMID / Flickr Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0))