United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in collaboration with the Government of White Nile State and the Higher Council for Environment & Natural Resources (HCENR) celebrated on 31st of July the handing over of the first installment of farmers' risk insurance payouts as part of Climate Risk Financing Project supported by Least Development Countries Fund (LDCF).
The celebration was attended by His Excellency Dr. Hassan Abdul-Gadir Hilal, Minister of Environment, Natural Resources and Urban Development, His Excellency Abul-Gasim Al-Amin Baraka, Governor of While Nile State, project stakeholders and community representatives of different While Nile localities.
“We extremely value UNDP’s role in responding to the adverse effects of climate change and its impact on both farmers and grazers. In order to combat climate change we need to join hands and today’s event shows us clearly how partnerships work best in the fight against climate change.” Stated H.E. Dr. Hassan Abdul-Gadir Hilal, Minister of Environment, Natural Resources and Urban Development.
White Nile State Governor Mr. Abul-Gasim Al-Amin Baraka commended UNDP’s role in supporting climate change projects in the state by saying “We are fully prepared to continue our joint coordination with UNDP in order to improve Sudanese people’s lives. I wish to thank UNDP and its partners for their efforts and hope that we sustain this effective partnership for the benefit White Nile State.”
Community Administration Leader Mr. El-Osaily Abdullah, said “Here in White Nile, we are facing complex challenges with regards to the environment; intermittent rainfall affecting grazing and other agricultural schemes, unemployment, conflict due to limited resources, displacement of large number of IDPs from the southern border, excessive cutting of trees and pollution etc….” We look forward for more economic revival in the White Nile in order to build the resilience of our people.”
The Climate Risk Finance for Sustainable and Climate Resilient Rain-fed Farming and pastoral systems project aims to create an enabling environment for climate risk management of smallholder farmers and pastoralists in rain-fed areas.