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Strengthening resilience of vulnerable crisis-affected households through women empowerment and livelihood improvement

Strengthening resilience of vulnerable crisis-affected households through women empowerment and livelihood improvement

Full title of the project:

Strengthening resilience of vulnerable crisis-affected households through women empowerment and livelihood improvement

Target areas:

Hama, Homs and Rural Damascus governorates

Recipient:
Donor:
Contribution:
USD 500 000
31/03/2018-31/03/2019
Project code:
OSRO/SYR/807/JPN
Objective:

To achieve sustainable livelihood opportunities for vulnerable households and communities through empowerment of rural women by providing them with agricultural production inputs and capacity building

Key partners:

Rural Women Empowerment Directorate within the Ministry of Agriculture, Agrarian Reform

Beneficiaries reached:

600 women-headed households (3 600 people) and 60 women trainers

Activities implemented:
  • Distributed 600 vegetable production kits comprising of irrigation equipment and winter vegetable seeds (bean, pea, onion, spinach and lettuce).
  • Provided processing, preparation, packing, and packaging units.
  • Established 600 vegetable production units.
  • Set up four income-generating units.
  • Trained 60 women on good agricultural practices and homestead vegetable production, who will then share their knowledge and techniques with vulnerable women-headed households who rely on food processing as their only source of income.
Impact:
  • Enhanced the skills and technical capacity of women food producers.
  • Increased the access of women and households headed by women to decent and equitable employment, income-generating opportunities and nutritious food increased.
  • On average, households used approximately 10 percent of the total yield for their own consumption and as reserves for the next planting season (December 2019 –January 2020).
  • Households mostly used income earned on household expenditures (food, medicine and healthcare).
  • Households and communities benefited from sustainable livelihood opportunities, including economic recovery and social inclusion.