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Restoring and maintaining household food security in Sudan

Restoring and maintaining household food security in Sudan

Full title of the project:

Restoring and maintaining household food security of vulnerable populations (IDPs, refugees, returnees and host communities) in the Greater Darfur region

Target areas:

Greater Darfur region.

Recipient:
Donor:
Contribution:
USD 2 905 400
Implementation:
01/01/2008-31/12/2008
Project code:
OSRO/SUD/807/CHF
Objective:

To restore the capacities of IDPs, refugees and vulnerable host communities for agricultural and horticultural production; promote training in good agricultural practices through paraagriculturalists; protect livestock resources in areas of high livestock concentration from animal diseases by providing treatment and vaccination through community animal health workers (CAHWs); and improve assessments in the Greater Darfur region.

Key partners:

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

Beneficiaries reached:

40 000 households (crop production), 16 750 households (vegetable production) and 83 917 households (livestock vaccination and treatment) – some households benefited from more than one project component.

Activities implemented:
  • 485 tonnes of crop seeds (sorghum, millet and groundnut) provided to 40 000 households.
  • 16 750 households provided with 3.65 tonnes of vegetable seeds, 300 treadle pumps and/or 15 000 hand tools.
  • 200 donkey ploughs provided to 1 000 households (shared between groups of five farmers).
  • Training in good practices in vegetable production and plant husbandry organized for 16 750 horticulture beneficiaries by SMOA extension workers and implementing partners.
  • Training in water harvesting and use of treadle pumps organized for 1 500 households.
  • Veterinary drugs, equipment and vaccines procured and used to vaccinate or treat 621 748 animals belonging to 83 917 households against common diseases.
  • 42 new CAHWs trained by implementing partners and 35 existing CAHWs provided with refresher training.
Impact:
  • Almost 50 000 ha of land were cultivated with vegetables and crops, generating an estimated production of 13 372 tonnes of crops and vegetables with a value of USD 6 872 788.
  • There was an increased availability of food for beneficiary households, as well as in local markets.
  • Distribution and training in use of treadle pumps enabled winter production along the wadis, generating much-needed extra income for the beneficiaries.
  • After the livestock treatment and vaccination activities, there was an observed reduction in the number of contagious livestock diseases and animals were seen to be more healthy and productive.
  • The CAHW network enables continued delivery of veterinary services in remote areas, despite a volatile security situation.