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FAO El Niño Response Plan – El Niño early warning and preparedness 2015/16

FAO El Niño Response Plan – El Niño early warning and preparedness 2015/16

Full title of the project:

FAO El Niño Response Plan – El Niño early warning and preparedness 2015/16

Target areas:


USD 2 958 153
Project code:

To strengthen the ability of affected households to prepare for, respond to and recover from possible flood events.

Key partners:

Federal and regional line ministries, NGOs, livestock professional associations.

Beneficiaries reached:

Communities vulnerable to or affected by El Niño-induced floods or drought.

Activities implemented:
  • Developed an SMS alert system for early warning, disseminating over 9 000 SMS flood alerts and 4 000 SMS cyclone alerts during the project period.
  • Produced and disseminated 32 regular bulletins (rainfall forecasts, flood alerts, etc.).
  • Trained 19 staff from line ministries and the National Disaster Management Agency in disaster risk reduction (DRR).
  • Engaged riverine communities in a rapid assessment of community-based early warning for livestock vector control and management and raised awareness among 46 000 people about Rift Valley fever and appropriate response.
  • Mapping of river breakages enabled the repair of 24 breakages, protecting crops from floods.
  • Protected grains and seeds from floods through an awareness campaign that reached 11 000 households and providing 145 000 polypropylene storage bags and 29 100 sheets of waterproof tarpaulin to 9 700 households to build elevated storage platforms.
  • Provided emergency livelihood packages through a voucher system to 1 450 El Niño-affected household in Baidoa District – each package contained 15 kg of sorghum seeds, 10 kg of cowpea seeds and 150 kg of DAP fertilizer.
  • Supported 1 000 households through cash-for-work to rehabilitate critical infrastructure, providing a total of USD 241 152.
  • Purchased veterinary drugs for livestock in drought-affected areas of Puntland and Somaliland.
  • DRR trainees formed a disaster working group, which informed government, humanitarian and development agencies of flooding, enabling them to plan and respond.
  • RVF awareness campaign enabled vulnerable communities to protect livestock assets.
  • Repairs to river breakages contributed to the 43 percent reduction in flooding of agricultural land, potentially saving crops with a value up to USD 6.7 million.
  • Storage kits expected to protect almost 7 275 tonnes of grains/seeds, with a market value of USD 2 million, helping to improve the food security of some 53 800 people.
  • Recipients of emergency livelihood packages were expected to produce 1 595 tonnes of cereal, sufficient to feed 11 800 people for 12 months.
  • Cash-for-work participants rehabilitated 3 water catchments, 4 contour bonds and 115 salt pans, providing an additional 378 903 m3 of water storage, facilitating water harvesting and providing an alternative source of income through the sale of salt.
  • Pre-positioned veterinary drugs will be used to treat 1.5 million animals.