Sesame and peanuts, known locally as sim sim and groundnuts, are staple foods in Atiriu and many local farmers grow these crops. The community lacks access to an oil press to extract the valuable oil from the seeds. An oil press would allow local farmers to increase income through value addition and also provide sustainable income for ACROSS’ Atiriu Agriculture Centre.
Atiriu Agricultura Training Centre and College (AATC) was first established to train extension workers in Lakes State in a community about 25 km from Rumbek Centre. Today AATC exists as a valuable resource to the community, not just in agricultural training and resources, but also in demonstrating and teaching asset-based community development.