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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 the Area Adjacent to South Ossetia (AASO)
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.
Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Refugees and Accommodation, local authorities, contracted service providers and World Food Programme.
The project reached 4 806 conflict-affected IDP and returnee families.
- 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.
- 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.