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Restoring and improving food and livelihoods of vulnerable households in Darfur

Restoring and improving food and livelihoods of vulnerable households in Darfur

Full title of the project:

Restoring and improving food and livelihoods of vulnerable households in Darfur

Target areas:

Three Darfur states

Recipient:
Contribution:
USD 2 000 000
Implementation:
01/09/2011-31/03/2012
Project code:
OSRO/SUD/111/USA
Objective:

To enhance crop production and livestock health and productivity of 22 300 targeted households in Darfur.

Key partners:

State Ministries of Agriculture and Animal Resources, local and international NGOs.

Beneficiaries reached:

98 385 households – 4 800 farmers (seed multiplication); 71 569 livestock-owning households (vaccination and treatment); 21 932 households (water sources); and 84 community animal health workers (CAHWs).

Activities implemented:
  • Technical and financial support provided to State Ministries of Agriculture to conduct post-harvest assessments for 2011/12 season in three Darfur states.
  • 35 tonnes of improved groundnut, sorghum and millet foundation seeds provided to 2 000 farmers for multiplication.
  • Seed banks established in five villages and Village Agricultural Committees set up and trained to manage the facilities.
  • 822 000 doses of veterinary vaccines procured, along with veterinary drugs and vital equipment (e.g. syringes, thermometers, ice boxes).
  • Five hafirs rehabilitated, benefiting over 5 000 people and their animals.
  • 16 water troughs installed in eight yards, benefiting 12 660 households.
  • 90 livestock-owners trained on importance of water hygiene and role of water in spreading human and livestock diseases.
  • 84 CAHWs provided with refresher training.
  • 51 UN, government and NGO staff trained in Livestock Emergency Guidelines and Standards and 20 staff trained in participatory impact assessments.
Impact:
  • Improved food and livelihoods security of beneficiaries by protecting vital livestock assets and increasing their access to quality seeds and water sources.
  • Increased veterinary outreach to pastoralists, particularly in remote areas.
  • Reduced livestock morbidity and mortality among targeted herds.
  • Community-based seed banks facilitate the preservation and dissemination of improved seed varieties at village level in the longer term.