Sudan sought an active collaboration in addressing the main challenges with agricultural production and livestock farming as well as a dialogue on biodiversity and the themes of the Expo Milan 2015. The country wanted to re-chart its path towards the use of new technological applications to ensure a healthy diet for all and to use resources in an environmentally sustainable way.
Sudan saw Expo Milano 2015 as a good opportunity for countries worldwide to reaffirm their need for human unity through mutual exchange of knowledge and information in order to achieve the Millennium Development Goals. Sudan has a strong agricultural sector with over 70 percent of its workforce being employed in this sector which accounts for 40 percent of Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Among its many products are cereals (including sorghum, millet and wheat,), oil seeds (including sesame and sunflower), beans, pulses (including chickpeas and lentils) tubers (including potatoes), vegetables (including onion, tomato, water melon and egg plant) and fruits. It also grows cotton sisal hemp and fodder crops.
Sudan’s participation in the Universal Exposition used every conceivable opportunity to express its own interpretation of the theme to illustrate its position as an agricultural country with an important tradition in nutrition from when it was the ancient kingdom of old Sudan. Visitors found engaging ideas, and learned about its irrigation project and the efficient use of water resources. The idea was to create awareness and to pass on valuable knowledge to others.
The pavilion took its inspiration from the Nubian” house”, which is the typical Sudanese dwelling. It only extended over one level, to keep the connection between the external and internal environments, and had a central courtyard – the hub of Sudanese home life and the place where all meals are eaten – with different themed rooms opening off from it. The pavilion had a restaurant that offered a rich and varied Sudanese cuisine to satisfy visitors’ tastes from all over the world. Visitors could view and purchase assorted Sudanese handicrafts and leather products.