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Emergency livelihoods assistance to vulnerable farmers, agropastoralists and pastoralists affected by desert locust in Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan and Uganda

Emergency livelihoods assistance to vulnerable farmers, agropastoralists and pastoralists affected by desert locust in Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan and Uganda

Full title of the project:

Emergency livelihoods assistance to vulnerable farmers, agropastoralists and pastoralists affected by desert locust in Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan and Uganda

Target areas:

Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, and Uganda. 

Donor:
Contribution:
USD 22 753 129
01/01/2020-31/12/2020
Project code:
OSRO/GLO/006/GER
Objective:

To protect the livelihoods of desert-locust affected farmers, herders and agropastoralists. 

Key partners:

Ministries of Agriculture and non-governmental organizations.

Beneficiaries reached:

126 569 farming, agropastoral and pastoral households. 

Activities implemented:
  • Supported 8 683 households in Djibouti with livestock feed (240 tonnes of alfalfa for 2 563 households), fodder seeds (8 tonnes for 5 000 households), greenhouses (benefiting 116 households) and three months of cash transfers (USD 56.5 per month for 944 households).
  • Provided 10 000 households in Eritrea with 100 kg of range pellets for livestock; 3 412 households each with 25 chicks and 1 quintal of chick feed; 7 500 households with 20 000 farming tools.
  • Reached 28 600 households in Ethiopia with livelihood inputs and cash: 14 800 households received 240.5 tonnes of assorted seeds; 13 800 households received 888 tonnes of multinutrient blocks for livestock; all households received two cash transfers (USD 42-47 per payment based on location). With cost savings, provided two additional cash transfers to 18 100 households and vaccinated livestock of 56 836 households.
  • Supported 16 300 households in Kenya with inputs: 6 650 received 31 889 bags of range cubes; 9 650 received kitchen garden seeds, drought-tolerant crop seeds, fertilizer, post-harvest equipment.
  • Assisted 20 250 households in Somalia with inputs: 14 650 received 201 tonnes of sorghum seeds, 25 tonnes of somtux maize, 145 tonnes of cowpea, 3 515 kg of assorted vegetable, 685 tonnes of urea fertilizer, 239 910 storage bags, 15 994 handheld tools, 26 600 tractor hours (for 6 650 households only). With cost savings, provided 5 600 additional households with urea fertilizer.
  • Reached 26 000 households in South Sudan with input packages: 20 000 with crop and vegetable kits (289 tonnes crop seeds, 6.35 tonnes vegetable seeds, tools); 6 000 with 800 tonnes of total mix ratio animal feed. Distributed buffalo grass seed to support rangeland recovery on 600 ha of grazing land.
  • Supported 5 824 households in Uganda with cash transfers (USD 34 per household for six months). Of these, 1 000 received crop and vegetable seeds and farm tools; 1 000 benefited from veterinary drugs for their livestock; 154 received pasture seed packages; 66 received hay balers.
  • Provided training in target countries on topics such as desert locust surveillance, proper use of inputs, good agricultural practices, improved livestock production, climate-smart agriculture, nutrition, etc.
Impact:
  • Enabled beneficiaries to restart and intensify food production; i.e. beneficiaries in Somalia on average produced 1.9 tonnes/ha compared with non-beneficiaries’ 1.65 tonnes/ha.
  • Boosted livestock nutrition and supported livestock production, leading to improvements in household food supply and nutrition; i.e. in Kenya, livestock consuming range cubes were healthier and produced more milk (two-three times more) than unassisted animals.
  • Helped to prevent the adoption of negative coping mechanisms and enabled beneficiaries to meet their immediate food needs through the provision of cash transfers.
  • Ensured proper and efficient use of inputs through trainings and demonstrations.