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Enhancing food security and livelihoods of small farmers through semi intensive egg production in Lebanon

Enhancing food security and livelihoods of small farmers through semi intensive egg production in Lebanon

Full title of the project:

Enhancing food security and livelihoods of small farmers through semi intensive egg production

Target areas:

Aakar, Baalbeck-hermel, Bekaa, El Nabatieh, South Lebanon, Mount Lebanon and North Lebanon

Recipient:
Contribution:
USD 3 333 332
10/12/2015-09/01/2018
Project code:
OSRO/LEB/502/EC
Objective:

To improve the food security, nutrition and agricultural livelihoods of 3 150 vulnerable Lebanese households by supporting backyard egg production and marketing, while increasing access to high quality protein for households

Key partners:

Ministry of Agriculture (MoA) and the World Food Programme (WFP)

Beneficiaries reached:

3 150 households (15 750 people)

Activities implemented:
  • Identified 25 poultry farmer field schools (FFSs).
  • Held 409 regular weekly meetings on backyard poultry production and management.
  • Rapidly assessed existing egg production and marketing systems in the highest vulnerable regions, including informal markets and illegal egg imports.
  • Trained 10 FFS master trainers and 25 facilitators on the FFS approach.
  • Trained 25 FFS facilitators on poultry techniques, biosafety and biosecurity measures, and poultry coop design and management.
  • Held a six-day field training on the construction of poultry coops.
  • Conducted field monitoring visits to the poultry FFS in various areas.
  • Created 25 poultry FFS and equipped them with supplementary one-month supply of feed.
  • Distributed 50 hens to each primary beneficiaries and 15 hens to each secondary beneficiaries.
  • Conducted 23 poultry FFS exchange visits.
  • Conducted a graduation ceremony for the 20 members of each FFS.
  • Constructed and equipped 500 poultry coops with feeders, automatic water troughs and laying boxes.
  • Delivered 25 500 laying hens to 500 primary beneficiaries (50 for each beneficiary) and 15 000 laying hens to 1 000 secondary beneficiaries (15 for each beneficiary) for training purposes.
  • Issued and delivered 635 e-cards to beneficiaries from a previous project funded by the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development.
  • Delivered 1 500 e-cards issued by WFP to 500 primary and 1 000 secondary beneficiaries.
  • Trained FFS beneficiaries from each FFS on the benefits of creating farmer organizations to benefit from economies of scale in marketing their products.
  • Trained FFS beneficiaries from each FFS on the handling, packaging and marketing of products to strengthen commercialization and marketing skills.
  • Surveyed existing shops in the food assistance network for willingness to include poultry feed.
  • Monitored and evaluated the production and marketing of eggs.
  • Facilitated egg marketing through meetings between poultry producers and existing shops.
  • Conducted post-distribution monitoring at household level with detailed explanation of monitoring tools used (pre-assistance and post-distribution monitoring questionnaires) with planned field tests to further practice on the monitoring tools.
Impact:
  • Created a small-scale poultry production information management system.
  • Improved the livelihoods of 2 135 small-scale poultry producers, including 1 500 producers from semi-intensive poultry units newly created.
  • Increased the income of small-scale poultry producers through improved post-production handling and storage practices and market access
  • Established an e-card system for the delivery of poultry feed through a partnership with MoA for monitoring, evaluation and implementation of activities.