Providing Clean Water for Agriculture Improves Lives in South Sudan

Watering a garden in wau, with water from a wfss well.

Watering a garden in wau, with water from a wfss well.

Here is another post in our continuing series of Water Wednesday blog posts by students at the Center for Service Learning and Civic Engagement at St. John Fisher College in Rochester, NY.

South Sudan currently faces a water crisis. Across the world, 70 percent of our water supply is used for agriculture and irrigation. However, the South Sudanese do not have enough access to clean water to create sustainable farming for themselves. Even though access to clean water in this country is rare, 80 percent of the poor South Sudanese—which make up about half of the country’s population—rely on agriculture to make a living. Out of the water supply South Sudan has, 97 percent of it is used towards this agriculture. As such, agriculture is a lynchpin on which South Sudan’s population and economy relies.

However, since access to clean water is limited, the South Sudanese not only face limitations in how many crops they can produce, they also face dire nutritional consequences. Thirty-six percent of South Sudanese are classified as food insecure, which means that they do not have sufficient access to nutritious and cost-effective food. In addition, 47 percent of the population is classified as malnourished. In order to help South Sudan thrive, then, there is a fundamental need for clean water so that people can grow crops. This would not only increase the general health of the South Sudanese; it would also lead to a more prosperous economy for this developing country.

This is one of the many needs that Water for South Sudan (WFSS) tries to meet. WFSS raises money to sponsor the drilling of clean water wells in South Sudan. When these wells are built, the South Sudanese have access to clean water to improve health, and also to make a living through agriculture. This not only improves their economy, but also increases their nutritional intake and life spans, as well.

If you would like to find out more about South Sudan’s needs and what you can do to help, please visit the WFSS website to learn about the need for water in South Sudan. To donate to WFSS, please visit the WFSS donation page