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Access to livelihood inputs including returning IDPs in Somalia

Access to livelihood inputs including returning IDPs in Somalia

Full title of the project:

Access to livelihood inputs including productive assets, trainings and technical assistance to returning IDPs

Target areas:

Bay and Hiran Regions

Recipient:
Donor:
Contribution:
USD 1 384 475
01/12/2013-30/09/2014
Project code:
OSRO/SOM/312/HCR
Objective:

To enable returning women and men to have the sustainable and durable means to restart their agropastoral livelihoods and rebuild their productive capacities.

Key partners:

UNHCR, INTERSOS, the Central Regions Livestock Professional Association and Gender Education Empowerment and Leadership Organization.

Beneficiaries reached:

2 273 returnee and host community households, including 1 775 households with agricultural input packages and 498 households with livestock packages.

Activities implemented:
  • Procured and distributed 14.2 tonnes of cowpea seed and 21.3 tonnes of sorghum seed to 710 households in Baidoa, Bay Region during Deyr 2013.
  • Procured and distributed 35.5 tonnes of cowpea seed, 53.3 tonnes of sorghum seed and 1 775 sets of hand tools (including one axe, one hoe and one sickle) to 1 775 households in Baidoa, Bay Region during Gu 2014.
  • Distributed 525 tonnes of Diammonium Phosphate (DAP) fertilizer to 1 750 households during Deyr 2013 and 319.5 tonnes of DAP fertilizer to 1 775 households during Gu 2014.
  • Trained lead farmers from targeted villages on good agricultural practices and fertilizer application (e.g. microdosing) to further train farmers in their localities.
  • Prepared customized leaflets and posters on good agricultural practices for the production of cowpea and sorghum and distributed to each targeted household upon receipt of seed.
  • Procured, treated, vaccinated and ear-tagged 6 000 productive goats and distributed them to 498 beneficiary households in Hiran Region during spring 2014.
  • Verified implementation of project activities through monitoring and evaluation, including through due diligence, biometrics, the FAO Somalia call centre and awareness campaigns.
Impact:
  • Enabled beneficiaries to resume their livelihoods and rebuild their productive capacities, further enhancing their resilience to future shocks.
  • Assisted a larger initiative by UNHCR and other Somalia Return Consortium members to provide standard minimum packages to returnees (FAO’s component included agricultural and livestock packages).
  • Facilitated the reintegration of returnees into the community while additionally preventing conflict through the targeting of host community members.
  • Contributed to enhanced food security of returnee and host community households through the provision of agriculture and livestock support.
  • Achieved 59 percent higher yields per hectare (1 tonne/ha) than non-beneficiary farmers, with beneficiaries producing up to 20 percent more staple.