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Two woman standing in ankle deep water carrying rice plants
For the women of Paguir, growing rice is a climate-resilient strategy that has transformed the community.

After unprecedented flooding swept through South Sudan, families fled what was left of their homes and sought high ground and safety in Paguir. With little resources left, many faced widespread poverty, food insecurity, and life-threatening malnutrition. After months of submerged crops and ruined harvests, Action Against Hunger partnered with the community to seek new solutions to combat hunger in the face of these climate shocks. The small town slowly grew into a refuge for the hungry and displaced. Today, men and women are building resilience through a rice growing project, the first of its kind in Paguir, which allows farmers to plant even in the deepest floodwater. The crop replaces sorghum, which is unable to grow in water. Along with seeds and farming tools, the people of Paguir are using newfound skills and collaborating to achieve self sustainability. In their own paddies, women plant, cultivate, harvest, and process rice, which helps them gain confidence and earn their own incomes. For the women of Paguir, shown here in 2022, growing rice is a climate-resilient strategy that has transformed the entire community. The groundbreaking project has not only created Paguir's first rice farmers but also the teachers who will pass down their craft for generations to come. 

Growing Rice—and Hope—in South Sudan's Floodwaters

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Copyright © 2023 Peter Caton/Action Against Hunger

Country Sudan, South
Topics Adaptation, Agriculture, Humanitarian Assistance

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