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"Agriculture can be the base of a new economy… Today, clans and tribes fight over food due to scarcity. As agriculture increases, there is no time to fight because people are working."
– Archbishop Daniel Deng Bul
The ECS is well-suited to promote agricultural development in Southern Sudan. It has access to arable land in areas with ample rainfall. It has a large base of volunteers and a large network of friends and partners. And it enjoys the services of a resident missionary, Robin Denney, who serves as the ECS External Agricultural Consultant.
The goals for the ECS Agricultural Commission are:
- Compile an initial assessment of diocesan agricultural programs
- Recruit and hire an Agricultural Officer to work closely with Ms. Denney
- Begin training workshops in each diocese covering yield increasing techniques, mulching, composting, natural pest prevention
- Establish a tree nursery in Juba
- Use existing grounds around the ECS guest house, All Saint’s Cathedral, and the ECS office building to develop demonstration plots for trees and crops
- Begin basic development of provincial agricultural land
- Make contact with NGOs, governments, and partners to secure advice, assistance, and funding
- Design an agricultural curriculum for the theological colleges
- Purchase seeds and tools for diocesan agricultural projects
In addition, Dr. Mary Eubanks of Duke University is working to adapt her high-protein, drought resistant, pest resistant maize to growing conditions in the Sudan. She has assembled a small sample of seed for use in test gardens at Renk and Juba.
For further information, please contact:
External Agricultural Consultant
Episcopal Church of Sudan
Dr. Mary Eubanks
Adjunct Professor, Dept. of Biology
Duke University, North Carolina