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Restoration and improvement of agriculture-based livelihoods and food security for new internally displaced persons (IDP) settlements and returnees in Georgia

Restoration and improvement of agriculture-based livelihoods and food security for new internally displaced persons (IDP) settlements and returnees in Georgia

Full title of the project:

Restoration and improvement of agriculture-based livelihoods and food security for new internally displaced persons (IDP) settlements and returnees in the Area Adjacent to South Ossetia (AASO)

Target areas:

Area Adjacent to South Ossetia

Recipient:
Contribution:
USD 2 868 641
EUR 2 000 000
Implementation:
03/08/2009-02/06/2012
Project code:
OSRO/GEO/902/EC
Objective:

To assure the food security and improve the livelihoods of vulnerable conflict-affected people in Georgia through the recovery and establishment of agricultural production and provision of solutions for improved irrigation sources and supply.

Key partners:

Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Refugees and Accommodation, local authorities, contracted service providers and World Food Programme.

Beneficiaries reached:

The project reached 4 806 conflict-affected IDP and returnee families.

Activities implemented:
  • 2 914 IDP households in 32 settlements received livelihood packages to support water harvesting and livestock production (poultry, rabbits, small ruminants and pigs), including apiculture.
  • 1 860 IDP and returnee families benefited from the rehabilitation of infrastructure and the establishment of irrigation networks from existing and new water sources.
  • 1 924 IDP and returnee households were assisted through cost-sharing interventions, through which families invested in horticulture, livestock, mechanization, irrigation, orchards and post-harvest production.
  • 293 IDP households benefited directly from post-harvest activities, including improved storage facilities.
Impact:
  • 15.8 percent increase in the average food-group intake (from November 2010–November 2011), thus improved levels of nutritional diversity and food security.
  • 6.5 percent decrease in households using coping mechanisms in the same period.
  • 7 percent rise in people engaged in agriculture as their main source of income compared pre-conflict levels.
  • Increased food availability and income, including USD 157–428 per harvest from honey through free and cost-shared livelihood packages, respectively.
  • High offspring numbers obtained through livestock activities, including a 16 percent increase for cattle, 90 percent for poultry and 250 percent for rabbits from cost-shared animals.
  • Net increase in yields resulting from the availability of irrigation water, particularly for maize, potatoes and beans.