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Improving food security in agropastoral areas of Hiraan Region in Somalia

Improving food security in agropastoral areas of Hiraan Region in Somalia

Full title of the project:

Improving food security in agropastoral areas of Hiraan Region in Somalia

Target areas:

Hiraan Region

Recipient:
Donor:
Contribution:
USD 1 634 877
Implementation:
15/12/2010-15/10/2011
Project code:
OSRO/SOM/009/ITA
Objective:

To improve the food security and nutrition of 5 000 households in the rainfed and irrigated areas in Hiraan by increasing access to the minimum food basket through the provision of social safety net opportunities, enhance production and nutrition, and reduce post-harvest losses.

Key partners:

Four local NGOs.

Beneficiaries reached:

6 606 households (cash-for-work component), 800 households (irrigation), 1 000 households (silo provision).

Activities implemented:
  • Provided 6 606 households with USD 515 264 through cash-for-work activities.
  • 12 532 tools (wheelbarrows, hoes, etc.) distributed for rehabilitation works.
  • 800 bucket drip irrigation kits procured and distributed to 800 households, along with 72 kg of vegetable seeds and training on use and maintenance of irrigation kits and production of vegetables in backyards.
  • 2 500 posters on sorghum transplantation distributed and 500 contact farmers participated in focus group discussion on sorghum transplanting.
  • 10 artisans trained in silo construction and paid USD 15/silo.
  • 660 metal silos (500 kg capacity) produced and distributed to 660 households, along with training in post-harvest handling and storage practices.
Impact:
  • 29 water catchments, 174.5 km of canals and 157.3 km of feeder roads rehabilitated.
  • 7 069 ha of irrigable land opened for farming.
  • Vegetable gardening beneficiaries produced 14 kg of tomatoes/household and learned how to operate the drip irrigation kits.
  • Anticipated that there will be a reduction in post-harvest losses and aflatoxin contamination in the future.