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Livelihood support to smallholder farmers in Northern Red Sea Region to boost their productivity

Livelihood support to smallholder farmers in Northern Red Sea Region to boost their productivity

Full title of the project:

Livelihood support to smallholder farmers in Northern Red Sea Region to boost their productivity

Target areas:

Northern Red Sea

Recipient:
Donor:
Contribution:
USD 575 641
01/01/2019-30/06/2020
Project code:
OSRO/ERI/802/ITA
Objective:

To contribute to the improved food security and livelihoods of vulnerable populations affected by successive droughts.

Key partners:

Ministry of Agriculture (MoA), Ministry of Local Government, National Union of Eritrean Women and community-based organizations.

Beneficiaries reached:

7 500 households (37 500 people).

Activities implemented:
  • Distributed 69 000 kg of improved seeds (maize, pearl millet, sorghum and wheat) and oil seeds (groundnut and sesame) to 6 900 households, of whom 60 percent were headed by women.
  • Distributed 8 200 farming tools (4 100 pick axes, 3 458 shovels and 642 mattocks) to 4 300 selected farmers who had received seeds.
  • Collected and provided 40 kg of bee forage to a nursey in Ghindae subregion to be multiplied and distributed to beekeepers in the surrounding areas.
  • Procured and distributed 15 000 chicks and 30 000 kg of poultry feed to 600 female-headed households in all nine subregions of Northern Red Sea. Each household received 25 chicks and 50 kg of feed, enough to sustain the chicks for four months until they become layers.
  • Conducted a training of trainers for 50 MoA agricultural extension staff (of whom 20 were women) in agronomic practices, basic poultry production and management, and bee forage management, who then trained 1 500 farmers in their respective subregions.
Impact:
  • Enabled beneficiaries to harvest an average of 1 000-1 500 kg/ha. Sorghum production in particular increased through ratooning, with beneficiaries harvesting 2 000-2 500 kg/ha.
  • Enhanced understanding and further exposed the potential of oil seeds and pulses in the Northern Red Sea region.
  • Contributed to the increased availability of and access to grains, chickens and eggs on the market at a fair price, benefiting the local community.
  • Increased access to agricultural inputs (seeds and tools) and services contributing to the improved food security and incomes of households and enabling them to strengthen their resilience.
  • Strengthened the capacities of local agricultural extension services and enabled farmers to acquire the necessary skills to sustain their livelihoods in their villages as an alternative to migration.
  • Enhanced the production and livelihood opportunities of vulnerable households and women in particular.