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FAO Resilience Programme in Somalia

FAO Resilience Programme in Somalia

Full title of the project:

FAO Resilience Programme

Target areas:

Gedo Region

Recipient:
Donor:
Contribution:
USD 1 686 899
01/11/2014-31/10/2015
Project code:
OSRO/SOM/415/NOR
Objective:

To support beneficiary households and communities diversify income sources and livelihood strategies, increase food production in a sustainable manner or restore productive capacity when faced with chronic pressure or shocks.

Key partners:

Two Non-governmental Organizations: Integrated Development Focus and Gedo Women Development Organization.

Beneficiaries reached:

3 000 households.

Activities implemented:
  • Registered beneficiary households and stored information (including thumbprints) using the Form Management Tool, enabling automated processing and issuance of reports.
  • Procured all agricultural inputs – 160 tonnes of Diamonium Phosphate fertilizer, 160 tonnes of urea fertilizer, 32 tonnes of maize seed and 16 tonnes of cowpea seed – from local traders and seed producers
  • Distributed all inputs through a voucher scheme as agricultural input packages, comprising 20 kg of maize and 10 kg of cowpea seed, 100 kg of DAP and 100 kg of urea fertilizer.
  • Supported 1 400 households in Luuq District and 1 600 households in Dollow District residing in riverine areas with comprehensive input packages and irrigation support during Gu 2015.
  • Provided each of the 3 000 beneficiary households with 18 hours of critical irrigation support, enough to cultivate 1 ha of farmland.
  • Conducted crop yield assessments in the targeted areas in July/August 2015, including a pre-harvest assessment and employing Pictorial Evaluation Tools.
Impact:
  • Improved the food security of 3 000 households in riverine areas of Gedo Region through the provision of timely agricultural inputs and irrigation support.
  • Enabled beneficiary households to produce an average of 3.6 tonnes of maize per hectare, for a total of about 10 800 tonnes of maize, enough to feed approximately 80 000 individuals for one year.
  • Enhanced the production of beneficiary households: based on the crop yield assessment, beneficiaries produced about 3 to 9 percent more than non-beneficiary households.
  • Increased income generation from crop production: households engaged in the project earned USD 1 805 per hectare, 3 percent higher than non-beneficiary farmers.
  • Boosted local economies through the purchase of inputs from local traders and producers under the voucher scheme implemented by the project.