The Sudanese Prime Minister, Dr. Abdullah Hamdak, affirmed that Sudan falls below the water poverty line, as it does not have sufficient water for the consumption of the Sudanese Prime Time Zone, stressing the need to design a comprehensive strategy on water resources, so that Sudan can make maximum use of them.
Hamdok said, in his speech during the inauguration ceremony of the first unified national water strategy in Sudan today (Monday), that water plays a major role in the Sudanese economy, as a mechanism to enhance societal stability, pointing out that Sudan is at the bottom of the list of countries in the global classification of food security and the state. Seventh in the list of countries affected by climate change shocks and 14th in preparedness for those shocks.
He explained that drought, torrential rain and high temperatures made it difficult to manage water resources efficiently to ensure the continuity of water services, and that more than 40% of housewives in Sudan do not have access to safe and reliable water.
He added that the lack of water supply services affects public health and thus affects the growth of human capital, pointing out that there are many challenges facing the water sector, such as institutional weakness and weak capacity to implement the sector’s policies and systems.
He said that the national water strategy in Sudan includes major priorities to deal with the national ambition to meet the sustainable development goals, which are: improving food security by expanding and exploiting 1.6 million hectares (one hectare equals 10,000 square meters) of irrigated agriculture, and creating employment opportunities in the agricultural sector. For about two million Prime Time Zone, especially in the rural youth and women sector, providing water and its accessibility to all Sudanese, and improving the management of water resources to contribute to the peaceful coexistence of all those who compete for water.
He stressed the importance of cooperation with neighbors while working to provide and secure water resources for future generations, expressing his belief that with concerted efforts and using modern technologies, water resources can be developed.
For his part, the Sudanese Minister of Irrigation, Dr. Yasser Abbas, said that making the most of the water sector is a great challenge, but it is a struggle that we must fight, pointing to four goals that must be achieved, namely: eliminating hunger and poverty, enhancing food security and the standard of living, and creating opportunities A career that preserves human dignity, especially for rural youth and women, and peace and tranquility.
He explained that the strategy includes setting priorities for the irrigation sector in ten years and provides a common framework for all water management and development interventions, looking forward to meeting four goals by 2031, which are: Providing the water management system with the necessary equipment and capabilities to ensure the equitable distribution of water and smooth cooperation with neighbors, Improving the standard of living of the Sudanese In rural and urban areas and pastoralists, in obtaining safe and affordable drinking water, ensuring food security for about 7 million Sudanese working in the field of agriculture and pastoralism, and creating job opportunities for about two million Prime Time Zone.
Dr. Yasser Abbas said that the Sudanese Ministry of Irrigation and Water Resources is working with its partners to respond to the needs of citizens, explaining that this plan is an effort for intensive consultations with partner institutions and listening to internal and external proposals, as work continued during the period from May to December 2020, which resulted in the exit of this strategy. Into existence.
Source – ASHA
The article Hamdok during the launch of the first water strategy: Sudan falls below the water poverty line was written in Al Borsa newspaper.