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Strengthening the resilience to food insecurity of crisis-affected households and communities in Syria

Strengthening the resilience to food insecurity of crisis-affected households and communities in Syria

Full title of the project:

Strengthening the resilience to food insecurity of crisis-affected households and communities

Target areas:

Aleppo, Hama, Homs, Idleb, Lattakia, Rural Damascus and Tartous governorates

Recipient:
Contribution:
USD 6 558 001
03/03/2016-02/09/2018
Project code:
OSRO/SYR/601/EC
Objective:

Strengthen the resilience to food insecurity and improve nutrition of crisis-affected people and host communities

Key partners:

Ministry of Agriculture and Agrarian Reform, Ministry of Water Resources, World Food Programme, United Nations Children's Fund

Beneficiaries reached:

20 619 households (123 714 people)

Activities implemented:
  • Procured locally and distributed 720 tonnes of high quality wheat seeds to 3 600 households in Hama, Idleb and Rural Damascus governorates.
  • Procured locally and distributed assorted vegetable seeds (7.5 tonnes of broad beans, 5.6 tonnes of peas, 750 kg of spinach, 375 kg of parsley, 15 kg of cabbage, 1.5 kg of tomato, 15 kg of cucumber, 2.25 kg of squash, 150 kg of okra and 300 kg of beans) to 1 500 households in Hama, Homs, Lattakia, Rural Damascus and Tartous governorates.
  • Procured and distributed 1 500 packages to greenhouse tomato seeds to 1 500 households in Hama, Homs, Lattakia, Rural Damascus and Tartous governorates.
  • Procured and distributed winter micro-gardening kits composed of assorted seeds (75 kg of spinach, 925 kg of broad beans, 74 kg of parsley and 14.8 kg of carrot) to 3 700 households in Aleppo, Hama and Idleb governorates.
  • Procured and distributed summer micro-gardening kits composed of assorted seeds (15 kg of tomato, 15 kg of eggplant, 15 kg of cucumber, 15 kg of hot pepper, 15 kg of zucchini and 15 kg of parsley) to 3 000 households in Aleppo, Hama and Idleb governorates.
  • Procured and distributed modified summer micro-gardening kits composed of assorted seeds (1 kg of tomato, 1 kg of eggplant, 1.6 kg of cucumber, 6 kg zuchinni, 200 kg of French beans and 16 kg of garlic) to 2 000 households in in Aleppo, Hama and Idleb governorates.
  • Trained all beneficiaries who received seed distributions on good agricultural practices on wheat or vegetable production: 1 300 people were trained directly and 14 000 people were trained through a training of trainers approach.
  • Developed income-generating micro-projects, including a medicinal plants, beekeeping, soap production, food processing and mushroom farming, for 675 female-headed households. Procured and distributed inputs and equipment to implement projects and provided capacity-building trainings for each project type.
  • Conducted a value-chain assessment of milk and dairy producers to identify challenges faced at the household level and developed a response plan.
  • Established two milk processing units and provided trainings on good manufacturing practices, food safety and dairy farm management to improve milk production and increase market access for small scale producers, directly benefiting 506 households and indirectly benefiting 500 households.
  • Developed milk and dairy product quality standards through translation of international guidelines into Arabic.
  • Procured and distributed inputs (40 500 vaccinated hens, 4 500 vaccinated roosters and 18 000 kg of feed) and equipment (900 coops, 1 800 walks and 1 800 troughs) to 900 households to establish backyard poultry production operations in Hama, Homs, Lattakia and Tartous governorates.
  • Employed the whole school approach to support good nutrition and a healthy environment at 35 schools and temporary learning spaces (TLS) for internally displaced people, establishing school gardens with drip irrigation systems and training 320 teachers, who will then train their students, in nutrition-sensitive agriculture.
  • Established 60 biogas units for the production of energy and liquid fertilizer to directly benefit 60 households.
  • Trained 150 local community level technicians in irrigation management.
  • Rehabilitated irrigation systems in the Upper Orontes River Valley, specifically fixing 13 irrigation canals and their intakes, three irrigation centres, one dam irrigation centre and two pumping stations.
  • Rehabilitated seven ground water wells in Rural Damascus Governorate.
  • Provided two expert missions to strengthen the drought early warning system.
  • Engaged 3 178 households in a cash-for-work programme in Hama Governorate to earn an income and clean nine earthen reservoirs for rainwater collection, nine irrigation channels and five springs.
  • Established the Resilience Programming Network involving United Nation agencies, line Ministries and international and local Non-governmental Organizations to build resilience in the agriculture sector through sharing good practices and lessons learned.
Impact:
  • Produced 7 200 tonnes of wheat, which is enough to feed 40 000 people with wheat flour and is worth approximately USD 2.2 million on the local market. The distributed wheat seeds enhanced yields by 20 percent.
  • Enhanced dietary diversity for children, their teachers and families at 35 schools.
  • Increased food production for 15 300 households through wheat and vegetable seed distribution.
  • Improved capabilities of 675 female-headed households to earn a sustainable income.
  • Enhanced income opportunities and food security for 900 households involved poultry production who can produce 30 eggs per day, which can generate USD 3 daily.
  • Strengthened drought early warning systems and produced a bulletin on the topic.
  • Increased the income of 3 178 households through employment in the cash-for-work programme.
  • Enhanced the income earning opportunities for 506 households involved in the two milk processing units, which can each generate USD 138 600 annually in revenues for beneficaries.
  • Produced energy for cooking and heating and produced liquid fertilizer for use in open fields and greenhouses for 60 beneficiary households through the production of biogas.
  • Enhanced water management capacities and increased the area of irrigated lands by 28 727 ha, which can now be cultivated, benefiting 228 600 households directly and 91 300 households indirectly.