Cross-Cutting Issues included in CMD Programming:

CMD's cross-cutting initiatives span across the breadth of our program sectors to tackle the underlying causes of poverty, and place special emphasis on working with women and girls to create lasting social change; with specific emphasis on achieving gender equality, tackling HIV/AIDs pandemic and ensuring peaceful co-existence, accountability and good governance at all levels. Our WASH, FSL and Education initiatives uses the convening power of sports/drama as a vehicle to minimize the effects of poverty on youth while working to advance gender equality, develop life skills, promote health education, provide psychosocial support and create income-generating activities. Issues such as climate change adaptation and protection etc. are mainstreamed in our programmes whenever practicable. The following are the main cross cutting issues that are integrated across all projects implemented by CMD:

 

Emergency Preparedness and Response Programmes (EP&R):
The fight against poverty is never more difficult than in times of crisis. Our projects directly assist survivors of natural disasters and conflict through immediate relief, early recovery and longer-term community rehabilitation, including food aid distribution, temporary shelter materials distribution, provision of clean water, and emergency sanitation services, community based animal health care provision and; seeds and tools distributions. With the current conflict situation in South Sudan, CMD is increasing involved in emergency programming. Whenever calm and tranquility returns, CMD shifts more focus on post-conflict rehabilitation, recovery and development programming in all our project locations.

 

Environmental Conservation and Natural Resource Management:

CMD projects train all its project beneficiaries and farmers to effectively manage soil fertility and productivity over the long-term, both on their individual plots and on lands surrounding the targeted communities. CMD soil management activities use primarily locally available organic nutrients, such as ground covers, livestock manure, and household waste, and nitrogen-fixing trees, legumes and shrubs. Soil management activities also focus on reducing soil erosion as well as gully and landslide control through, for example, terracing, vegetative cover, and strategically planted trees.

An example is CMD's planned Reinsertion Project will work with 200 families of ex-combatants in Jonglei and Upper Nile States to improve their agricultural production and protect their natural resources through better land use practices. Through the projects, CMD in liaison with UNFAO/Ministry of Agriculture will provide trainings in: improved agricultural methods such as crop rotation, irrigated Vegetable and fruits production, soil fertility tests; pasture production for livestock; soil conservation through terracing and the use of trees and shrubs. Integrated pest management; water and watershed management; and environmental education to participating families are included as well.