Crop Production and Horticulture: There are various ecological zones in South Sudan and all areas have the capacity for crop production. In particular the greenbelt zone has high agricultural potential, as there are two cropping seasons. The main crops currently grown in South Sudan include maize, sorghum, finger millet, cassava, sweet potato and groundnuts. Main fruit varieties include bananas, plantain, pineapple, mango and citrus whilst the main vegetable varieties are onion, okra, cabbage, eggplant, pumpkin and cucumber.
Livestock: Livestock form an integral part of the lives of over two thirds of the South Sudanese population. In particular, it is a major source of livelihoods in the flood plains, semi-arid and pastoral areas. The Government of the Republic of South Sudan has estimated that there are approximately eleven million cattle in South Sudan. In the past, meat was exported from South Sudan to the Middle East. Presently, the majority of the meat now produced in the Country could be classified as organic.
Fisheries and Aquaculture: The world’s longest river, the River Nile, flows through South Sudan and also provides large potential for development of fisheries. In particular, it has been estimated that in the Sudd area of South Sudan, there is a production potential for 100,000 – 300,000 MT of fish per year. Furthermore, there is large potential for aquaculture development in Central Equatoria, Eastern Equatoria, Western Equatoria, Northern Bahar Gazal, Western Bahar Gazal and Warrap States.
Forestry: Forests make up 29% of the land area of South Sudan, which amounts to approximately 191,667km2. These forests provide sources for high-grade timber, including teak, mahogany and ebony. The teak plantation is the largest of its kind in the world. Furthermore, the forests provide for the production of high quality oils, such as shea, as well as Gum Arabic. These are also areas of high biodiversity with large, diverse populations of flora and fauna.
Land Tenure: In South Sudan, the land belongs to the people. The Land Act (2009) classified land ownership into three categories, Communal Land, Public Land and Private Land. All the people fall under at least one of the three categories. Land that belongs to the Community is owned collectively in perpetuity. Non-citizen private investors can acquire leaseholds up to 99 years. It is also possible for them to access communal land by making an official agreement with the community, including the promotion of alternate business models that cater to the needs of the local populations such as giving communities an equity stake in the venture. These agreements must be sanctioned by the land authorities and must follow certain rules.
Farmer Base: Most farmers in South Sudan are subsistence farmers; however, there are also a good number of farmer organizations such as associations, cooperatives and unions. These farmer groups, as well as individual farmers, are always willing to explore business opportunities with their full participation.