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Household recovery reinforcement and support to Emergency Response Coordination in the Niger

Household recovery reinforcement and support to Emergency Response Coordination in the Niger

Full title of the project:

Household recovery reinforcement and support to Emergency Response Coordination

Target areas:

Dosso, Tahoua and Zinder regions.

Recipient:
Contribution:
USD 500 001
01/01/2013-31/03/2014
Project code:
OSRO/NER/302/USA
Objective:

To meet the needs of comprehensive situation analysis, appropriate targeting and information sharing to reinforce FAO’s response to crises and vulnerable households’ recovery.

Key partners:

The Ministry of Agriculture through its regional offices, the unit in charge of food crises and partner NGOs.

Beneficiaries reached:

Two staff members of the FAO suboffices, 72 livestock technicians, 62 farmers, 14 national staff members of the agriculture services and 12 staff members of the implementing partners received training on various topics.

Activities implemented:

The following activities were carried out:

  • regional household food security meetings to feed into the food situation analysis and needs evaluation;
  • joint field missions with food security and nutrition partners, including national and decentralized governmental structures for joint programming for resilience;
  • training and improvement of understanding of farmers, extension agents and community leaders in cropping techniques and best nutrition practices, multinutritive block production for animal feed supplementation during the lean season;
  • regular FSC meetings to share information/activities and ensure better coordination of food security interventions; and
  • monitoring and evaluation of activities.
Impact:

FAO was able to fully participate in the monitoring and evaluation of the 2013 cropping season and reinforce the operation capacities of its subregional offices. As a result of the capacity building of the staff members of FAO and partners, there has been an improvement in the level of skills. Specifically, the training on cash transfer programming (CTP) enabled FAO staff members to acquire:

  • a more in-depth understanding of cash and voucher transfer programmes;
  • improved capacity in evaluating the appropriateness of CTP compared with other response mechanisms;
  • the ability to enhance the effectiveness of CTP though improved design, implementation, coordination, monitoring and evaluation skills;
  • an insight as to how to work with different types of CTP in a range of contexts and sectors;
  • greater skills and confidence to manage CTP throughout the project cycle;
  • the confidence to determine transfer types, amounts, and payment methods;
  • the ability to anticipate and mitigate potential CTP blockages;
  • how to use basic advocacy messages for CTP in appropriate contexts; and
  • an understanding of the basics of coordination and humanitarian standards that relate to CTP.

The capacities of the Government agricultural and livestock staff and NGOs, as well as farmers’ associations, were also reinforced.