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Early Action to protect livestock assets and food sources in Somalia

Early Action to protect livestock assets and food sources in Somalia

Full title of the project:

Early Action to protect livestock assets and food sources in Somalia

Target areas:

Somalia.

Recipient:
Contribution:
USD 6 329 175
16/06/2019-31/03/2020
Project code:
OSRO/SOM/907/UK
Objective:

To support emergency and longer-term sustainable responses by providing timely information and analysis on the food security, nutrition, and livelihood situation in Somalia.

Key partners:

Federal and State line ministries, Non-governmental Organizations, Livestock Professional Associations.

Beneficiaries reached:

255 983 households and Government line ministry staff.

Activities implemented:
  • Supported the treatment of 10 067 320 goats belonging to 251 683 households.
  • Supported the vaccination of 6 million goats against contagious caprine pleuropneumonia, benefiting 151 000 pastoralist and agropastoralist households.
  • Provided 4 300 households with agricultural inputs (sorghum, maize, cowpea and/or assorted vegetable seeds, tools, storage bags and irrigation hours).
  • Trained beneficiary households on good agricultural practices, integrated production and pest management, water use and management, and post-harvest management including how to minimize storage losses, and trained 430 Nutrition Champions (50 percent women).
  • Trained 30 Ministry of Agriculture Development staff on Desert Locust surveillance and control, including use of FAO’s eLocust3 system and application of biopesticides.
  • Mobilized 200 community members as Desert Locust scouts, who are now contributing to the community-based Desert Locust Early Warning System.
  • Procured 3 000 kg of biopesticides, two vehicle-mounted sprayers and four back-mounted sprayers for Desert Locust control operations.
  • Treated 1 000 ha during the project period (contributing towards a total of 34 225 ha sprayed as of July 2020).
Impact:
  • Contributed to responding to drought-associated morbidities in livestock, thanks to the treatment of animals, which improved their immune systems and their condition.
  • Protected pastoralists’ and agropastoralists’ income sources by diminishing disease outbreaks among livestock and increasing the productivity and quality of milk and meat products.
  • Enabled beneficiaries to harvest 1.97 tonnes/ha (compared with 1.67 tonnes/ha for non-beneficiaries) for both maize and sorghum combined.
  • Increased the average land size under cultivation (1.37 ha/household for beneficiaries, compared with 0.81 ha for non-beneficiaries).
  • Beneficiaries demonstrated better Food Consumption Scores, Dietary Diversity Scores and Coping Strategy Indices compared with non-beneficiaries.
  • Built the capacity of local officials in Somaliland to immediately commence Desert Locust control operations.