This article was last updated on May 26, 2022
Her sole purpose is to visit the USAID agriculture project beneficiaries and share vital agricultural production experience with the farmers. “Through national government in collaboration with the state governments, we support and provide seeds and tools and distribute them to farmers,” she said.
Ms. Etim said the agricultural project she was visiting was started by the community with USAID assistance in 2010. The farmers group is Ayee Pit; a Farmers Based Organization which started in 2010 and received first grant assistance from the USAID-funded FARM Project in 2012.
The group comprises of 24 members of Magwi community who plant maize, peanut and simsim.
Ms. Etim said this year; the beneficiaries she visited are experimenting with rice and Irish potatoes using traditional and intermediate technology (ox-plough).
Despite the current political crisis, Ms. Etim said USAID remains committed to play a significant role in enhancing food security in South Sudan. “We are committed to a fight against the ongoing food insecurity in the country,” she said.
Who is Linda Etim?
Ms. Etim was appointed as deputy assistant administrator for Africa in January 2012. In this capacity, she oversees the Office of Sudan and South Sudan Programs and the Office of East African Affairs. Prior to joining USAID, Etim served as the White House Director for Sudan, South Sudan, and East African Affairs (2009-12), where she was responsible for coordinating U.S. policy on some of the African continent’s most important challenges, including civil-military affairs, governance, economic growth and humanitarian crises in the Horn of Africa.
Etim was the primary drafter of U.S. Government strategies for Sudan and Somalia. For the last 10 years, Etim has worked for the U.S. Government as a specialist in African security affairs. Etim received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin in African International Affairs, French and Portuguese.