South Sudan, UNDP launch youth entrepreneurship initiative to boost food security


South Sudan in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) on Saturday launched a youth entrepreneurship program to enhance their contribution to the country’s food security.

Kwac Wek Wol, undersecretary of the ministry of culture, youth and sports, said harnessing the creativity and entrepreneur spirit of the young generation is key to eradicating hunger and poverty in South Sudan.

“I would like to encourage our young people to channel their zeal toward entrepreneurship, particularly in the areas of agriculture and come up with creative innovation that can be developed, and given opportunity to contribute to achieving food security in South Sudan,” Wek said.

The youth innovation challenge which started early this week is part of UNDP’s youth empowerment and employment project, supported by the Kingdom of the Netherlands in collaboration with Kenya’s Equity Bank through its South Sudan subsidiary.

Kamil Kamaluddeen, UNDP resident representative, said the UN agency is helping South Sudan to achieve its food security as envisioned in the revitalized peace agreement.

“We are ready for South Sudan that is built on the creative energies of the people, South Sudan that is focused on ideas, to send messages to partners and duty bearers that the youth is ready to think not just about themselves but the future of the country,” Kamaluddeen said. Enditem

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