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Livelihood support to pastoral, agropastoral and riverine households in southern Somalia

Livelihood support to pastoral, agropastoral and riverine households in southern Somalia

Full title of the project:

Livelihood support to pastoral, agropastoral and riverine households in southern Somalia

Target areas:

Bakool, Bari, Bay, Galgaduud, Gedo, Hiran, Lower Juba, Lower Shebelle, Middle Juba, Middle Shebelle, Mudug, Nugaal, Sanaag, Sool and Togdheer

USD 49 968 438
Project code:

To immediately enable drought affected households to meet their basic needs and to rehabilitate productive capacities and reinforcement of coping mechanisms for the drought-affected communities in the project target areas.

Key partners:

Village committees, local authorities and local, national and international NGOs.

Beneficiaries reached:

156 386 households.

Activities implemented:
  • Provided beneficiaries with productive and compensated work opportunities for the rehabilitation of productive assets and rural infrastructure.
  • Paid out a total of USD 33 407 895 in conditional cash transfers to beneficiaries as part of the cash-for-work programme.
  • Achieved 29 percent women representation as direct beneficiaries despite resistance from militia and fundamentalists.
  • Rehabilitated and constructed 618 canals, 960 water catchments and 236 feeder roads. 
  • Created up to 103 711 ha of irrigated land through the construction of 1 395 km of canals, benefiting 58 990 farmers.
  • Rehabilitated 960 water catchments, creating an additional 3 587 117 m³ of water storage capacity, enough for 1 244 341 animals for 90 days during the dry season.
  • Constructed 3 712 km of feeder roads, providing 229 villages with increased access to markets, farms and watering points.
  • Conducted training for implementing partners on natural resource mapping as well as best practices for beneficiary selection.
  • Ensured effectiveness through monitoring and evaluation processes, including remote sensing (satellite imagery to confirm rehabilitation of infrastructure) and interviews with beneficiaries through the FAO Somalia call centre.
  • Allowed targeted households to access food items, repay accumulated debt, rebuild depleted assets and access necessary non-food items. 
  • Contributed to building livelihood resilience through the rehabilitation of productive infrastructure, i.e. canals, water catchments and feeder roads.
  • Supported soil and water conservation, as well as improved irrigated farmland.
  • Increased resilience to natural disasters through the construction of infrastructure.