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The Uganda National Discourse Forum's affiliated member and a host for the Uganda National Discourse Forum, Center for Participatory Research and Development (CEPARD), was invited in January 2018 to participate in a learning visit to South Sudan during a mid-term review of the ZOA Resilience Recovery for food and Nutrition Security (RRFNS). 

This was a cross-boarder engagement that brought many lessons to the Uganda family and also a sharing of best practices in Uganda to the South Sudan fraternity.
ZOA is an international relief and recovery organization supporting vulnerable people affected by violent conflicts and natural disasters in fragile states, by helping them to realize dignified and resilient lives. ZOA implements a four year Resilience Recovery for Food and Nutrition Security (RRFNS) project in the ethnic border land of Central Jonglei state and Greater Pibor Administrative Area (GPAA) that are within the Nile basin.

The project aims at building capacity of vulnerable Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), returnees, and host communities to produce and/or access sufficient quality food to withstand periods of social and economic stress. 

After 18 months of implementation, a mid-term review has been conducted by CEPARD using participatory approaches to document progress and generate learning so far. 
The outcomes of the review are intended to refocus the project's planned activities in order to maximize impact using various CEPARD experiences got in Uganda and other parts of the world. 

The review also established gaps in the project design and implementation and has proposed possible recommendations. 
General findings of the project review revealed that the project is on course in all the three regions of Bor South, Pibor and Akobo. With regard to land access, majority of farmers have free access but insecurity prevents most of them from farming far from their homesteads. Despite the agreed regulations on farming and grazing areas, destruction of gardens by animals was pointed out as a major challenge faced by farmers.

 The review thus recommends follow-up by project implementers to ensure operationalization of regulations to prevent further crop losses to animals and potential conflict between crop farmers and pastoralists. 
 

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