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Sustainable Employment and Economic Development (SEED) Programme – Phase I

Sustainable Employment and Economic Development (SEED) Programme – Phase I

Full title of the project:

Sustainable Employment and Economic Development (SEED) Programme – Phase I

Target areas:

South and Central Somalia, Somaliland and Puntland.

Recipient:
Contribution:
USD 5 751 985
Implementation:
01/12/2010-31/07/2012
Project code:
OSRO/SOM/007/UK
Objective:

To improve the environment for economic activity and employment in Somalia.

Key partners:

Government ministries, DFID, ILO, Save the Children, UNDP and local NGOs.

Beneficiaries reached:

Vulnerable households in South and Central Somalia, Somaliland and Puntland.

Activities implemented:
  • Constructed an abattoir in Burao and a livestock market in Hargeisa, constructed and rehabilitated a meat market in Borama and constructed the Garowe fish market.
  • Rehabilitated 282.8 km of irrigation canals and created canal committees in South and Central Somalia’s Middle and Lower Shebelle Regions.
  • Developed the Fishery and Livestock Marketing Information Systems to disseminate information on domestic/export fisheries and livestock to producers, traders, market operators, policy makers, local institutions, international organizations and donor agencies.
  • Trained 3 958 people on fodder production and bulking, crop residue conservation, rainwater harvesting, soil conservation, beekeeping and honey production.
  • Developed a regulatory framework for fisheries and livestock.
Impact:
  • Increased the quality of and profits for meat and fish as well as market efficiency in the export supply chain by reducing losses, and created more than 20 000 long-term jobs and short-term employment through cash-for-work activities.
  • The rehabilitated irrigation canals, along with training and input support, helped improve agricultural production and incomes of small-scale farmers, contributed to over 600 000 days of direct employment and increased the area under irrigation to 26 802 ha.
  • The Fishery and Livestock Marketing Information Systems are expected to reduce time lags, transaction costs for producers and uncertainty and increase market efficiency.
  • Of the 3 958 people trained, 56 percent were women and 43 percent were young people, while training contributed to increased production and incomes.
  • Established relevant institutions, policies and legal framework for fisheries and livestock sectors, which will contribute to income generation and reduce conflicts and crime, including piracy.