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Emergency support to improve food security conditions of vulnerable internally displaced households in the Syrian Arab Republic

Emergency support to improve food security conditions of vulnerable internally displaced households in the Syrian Arab Republic

Full title of the project:

Emergency support to improve food security conditions of vulnerable internally displaced households in Rural Damascus governorate of the Syrian Arab Republic

Target areas:

Homs and Tartus governorates

Recipient:
Donor:
Contribution:
USD 93 465
01/05/2013-30/04/2014
Project code:
OSRO/SYR/303/SAF
Objective:

To provide a timely and coordinated livelihood emergency response to the deteriorating food security situation of internally displaced families. 

 

Key partners:

Ministry of Social Affairs and the Ministry of Agriculture and Agrarian Reform. 

Beneficiaries reached:

500 internally displaced households (approximately 4 000 people).

Activities implemented:
  • Distributed 500 microgarden packages – containing growing bags, vegetable seedlings (tomato, squash and eggplant), fertilizers and planting tools – to 500 households. 
  • Provided training on microgardening to 500 recipients of microgarden packages, covering topics such as the production and use of compost, transplanting seedlings and the proper administration of fertilizers. 
Impact:
  • Enabled each beneficiary household to produce approximately 60 kg of tomatoes, 24 kg of squash and 16 kg of eggplant.
  • Provided beneficiaries with the inputs necessary to repeat the production cycle in future seasons (growing bags, tools and remaining fertilizers). 
  • Improved the availability of and access to protein- and micronutrient-rich food for beneficiaries. 
  • Enabled beneficiaries to supplement their income through the sale of surplus produce.
  • Increased beneficiaries’ knowledge of good practices for backyard vegetable production.