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Emergency support to smallholder farmers affected by El Niño in Southern Africa

Emergency support to smallholder farmers affected by El Niño in Southern Africa

Full title of the project:

Emergency support to smallholder farmers affected by El Niño in Southern Africa

Target areas:

Southern Africa – Lesotho, Malawi, Madagascar

USD 5 839 416
Project code:

To improve the food and nutrition security of vulnerable households, while protecting and restoring agriculture-based livelihood opportunities.

Key partners:

Government ministries, NGOs

Beneficiaries reached:

181 292 households (906 460 people) – about 55% were headed by women.

Activities implemented:
  • Provided 84 762 households with the means to produce crops and vegetables, through direct distribution or seed fairs, depending on the context.
  • Organized training for over 36 000 lead farmers, farmers, extension workers, school teachers and other stakeholders on good practices for crop, vegetable and livestock production.
  • Protected and improved livestock production activities among 96 530 families through animal vaccinations, provision of supplementary feed and water troughs, and restocking.
  • Conducted regional training on the Livestock Emergency Guidelines and Standards.
  • Provided continued support to coordination of El Niño response interventions at subregional and country level.
  • Commissioned a review of existing agriculture, food and nutrition security information systems in the subregion and, based on this, organized a learning visit to Zambia.
  • Contributed to the development of the Southern African Development Community’s Regional Vulnerable Assessment Committee 2017 programme of work.
  • Supported the roll out of the Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) in the subregion.
  • Contributed to increased food availability and strengthened the livelihood asset base of targeted vulnerable households.
  • In Lesotho, beneficiaries’ attained maize yields of 1.4 tonnes per ha and in Malawi around 1 tonne per ha. In Madagascar, maize and sorghum yields were 0.70 tonnes per ha and 0.38 tonnes per ha, respectively.
  • 91 percent of the households in target areas were found to be food secure as defined by the food consumption score
  • Strengthened regional and national capacity to effectively respond to livestock-based needs in crises.