Fortifying Equality and Economic Diversification for Resilience (FEED II)

Program Type

Crisis Response

Planned Life Cycle

2020 - 2025


South Sudan

Areas of Focus

Livelihoods | Gender Equality and Social Inclusion

Target Population

223,889 people

Total Cost

$39 million

Funding Partners

Global Affairs Canada 

Implementing Partners

War Child

Program Timeline

Status: Ongoing


58,138women, girls, boys and men who participate in community wide sexual and gender-based violence awareness events


49,554people reached by projects that help prevent, respond to and end sexual and gender-based violence, including child, early and forced marriage and/or female genital mutilation


10,268community members engaged in dialogues on gender equality, women's rights and sexual and gender-based violence protection under the law

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Program Details

Fortifying Equality and Economic Diversification for Resilience (FEED II), implemented by a consortium of World Vision, CARE and War Child, is a women's empowerment initiative that uses a food security and livelihoods platform across seven states in South Sudan.

Aligned with the Canadian Feminist International Assistance Policy, along with South Sudan's Comprehensive Agricultural Master Plan, FEED II is the sister project of the UN World Food Programme's Food for Assets.

The ultimate goal of FEED II is to reduce inequalities between women and men in access to and control over resources to enhance food security in South Sudan.

FEED II is built upon three resilience-strengthening pillars:

  1. In the first pillar, the project will improve the absorptive resilience capacities of women and girls in managing threats to food security through improved equitable nutrition practices, and equitable improvement in knowledge and skills among participants to manage natural and conflict-related shocks.
  2. The second pillar will improve the adaptive resilience capacities by using female-friendly agricultural and business practices that promote sustained income generation and sustainable livelihood practices, with a focus on women and female/male youth.
  3. The final pillar will nurture transformative resilience capacities through improved, equal and safer environments for women's participation in leadership, including increasing knowledge and improving attitudes and behaviors to prevent and respond to SGBV.

The project aims to reach 284,828 women, men, female and male youth, girls and boys over five years.


South Sudan remains one of the hardest places in the world to be a woman. Pervasive attitudes about the inferior status of women perpetuated by harmful social norms, disproportionate distribution of productive and reproductive labour, high levels of illiteracy, limited access to technical training and sexual and gender-based violence are just a few of the barriers that women must overcome to enjoy equality in their homes, farms, markets and communities.

In addition, South Sudan is at the tipping point of crisis, with key drivers of food insecurity including conflict, consecutive shocks, severe constraints to humanitarian access, compounded by economic slowdown further induced by COVID-19 restrictions.

At the heart of the food insecurity crisis are women, who provide the majority of labour to produce staples and vegetables and who sell produce in markets but struggle to control how the profits are spent. Despite the contribution that women make to food security and other livelihoods, very few women feel empowered or safe enough to take on leadership in the sector.

Two young girls smile at each other as they stand in a grass field with a bicycle.



Anuie Rose Wilson works in her pineapple fields. Through FEED, the 26 year-old mother of 5 received the tools and training she needed to increase her yields, despite a changing climate. Now her children are in school, and child marriage and gender based violence is significantly reduced in her community.

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