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Emergency livelihood support to improve food security of households affected by the ongoing crisis

Emergency livelihood support to improve food security of households affected by the ongoing crisis

Full title of the project:

Emergency livelihood support to improve food security conditions of rural and peri-urban households affected by the ongoing crisis

Target areas:

Hama and Rural Damascus governorates

USD 1 494 408
Project code:

To provide a timely and coordinated livelihood emergency response to the deteriorating food security situation of the population living in peri-urban areas of Rural Damascus and in Hama Governorate.


Key partners:

Ministry of Agriculture and Agrarian Reform (MAAR), the Federation of Syrian Chambers of Agriculture and the Rural Women’s Empowerment Directorate.

Beneficiaries reached:

6 000 households (2 174 female-headed households and 3 826 male-headed households).

Activities implemented:
  • Distributed 45 000 laying hens and 150 tonnes of poultry feed to 3 000 households, with each household receiving 15 hens and 50 kg of feed. 
  • Distributed vegetable production packages (containing tomato, cucumber, squash, okra and Jew’s mallow seeds and 20 kg of compound suspension fertilizer) to 3 000 households.
  • Provided training to 180 beneficiaries (120 women and 60 men) on backyard poultry production and nutrition and 161 beneficiaries (19 women and 142 men) on backyard vegetable production and nutrition.
  • Provided training on data collection and recording for 29 technical staff from FAO, MAAR and the World Food Programme (WFP), and ten representatives from local Non-governmental Organizations (NGOs) and the Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC).
  • Trained 62 people from FAO, MAAR, Ministry of Social Affairs, NGOs, SARC and WFP in preparation to collect data for the third Joint Rapid Food Security Needs Assessment.
  • Improved the availability of and access to protein- and micronutrient-rich food for beneficiaries. 
  • Increased household egg consumption through the provision of poultry inputs (the distributed hens produced an average of eight eggs per day). 
  • Enabled beneficiaries to meet their vegetable consumption needs and generate vital income through the sale of surplus produce.
  • Increased beneficiaries’ knowledge of good practices for nutrition and backyard vegetable and poultry production. 
  • Strengthened national capacity in survey preparation and data collection and analysis. 
  • Provided an in-depth analysis of the food security and livelihood situation in Syria through ad hoc assessments. Information was included in strategic documents such as the revised 2013 and 2014 Syria Humanitarian Assistance Response Plans.