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Food for all - An integrated approach to enhance value chain to strengthen food and nutrition security

Food for all - An integrated approach to enhance value chain to strengthen food and nutrition security

Full title of the project:

Food for all - An integrated approach to enhance value chain to strengthen food and nutrition security

Target areas:

Al Qutayfah, Duma and Qatana districts, Rural Damascus governorate.

USD 1 000 000
Project code:

To increase productivity of smallholder vegetable and poultry farmers, strengthen their market linkages to supply fresh vegetable and poultry products to local consumers, thereby enhancing the food security and nutritional status of vulnerable communities in the project targeted areas, particularly pregnant and nursing women.

Key partners:

World Food Programme and Ministry of Agriculture and Agrarian Reform.

Beneficiaries reached:

512 households (2 592 people).

Activities implemented:
  • Provided locally procured vegetable kits to 132 farming households, distributing a total of 3 300 kg broad bean, 1 320 kg peas, 5 355 kg onions, 396 kg spinach seed, 9.9 kg lettuce seed and 132 irrigation kits.
  • Designed and established two vegetable nurseries to produce seedlings, which were then distributed to 40 small-scale farmers.
  • Established two composting units for the production of organic fertilizers utilizing local materials and distributed the compost to 40 farmers.
  • Provided 300 small-scale farmers (72 percent women-headed households) with locally procured poultry kits, with each household receiving 35 hens, 200 kg of poultry feed, two feeding pots and two drinking pots.
  • Trained 132 vegetable farmers on good agricultural practices (GAPs) and 300 poultry farmers on poultry production through 15 farmer field schools established by the project.
  • Trained 40 farmers on small-scale nursery management, including seedling production.
  • Trained 40 farmers on composting production methods.
  • Trained 25 government staff and 132 vegetable farmers on drip irrigation management.
  • Improved vegetable production capacity of 132 households, with each household planting an average of 0.5 ha of land and producing approximately 7 tonnes of vegetables for a total of 66 ha of land planted and 924 tonnes of vegetables produced.
  • Increased incomes and Food Consumption Scores of 300 poultry farmers, with each farmer’s flock producing an average of 18.2 eggs per day, which could be consumed with the surplus sold in the market; beneficiaries’ annual income from poultry production increased from USD 138 to USD 366.
  • Enhanced vegetable seedling production, with an expected production of 250 000 seedlings.
  • Improved small-scale producers’ knowledge and built their capacity through learning by doing.
  • Built technical capacity of government staff in irrigation management and GAPs.