Geospatial information for sustainable food systems

Boosting Resilience and Adaptation to Climate Change

The project OSRO/SOM/212/EC aims to address food insecurity and agricultural challenges in Somalia while tackling the root causes of vulnerability among rural populations exacerbated by climate change. Key problems include the lack of climate-smart agricultural investment, inadequate policies for sustainable production, government institutions' capacity gaps, insufficient community-level disaster management, gender disparities in agriculture, limited private sector involvement, infrastructure shortcomings, livelihood diversification, and nutrition integration.

The project's impact goal is to enhance systemic resilience to climate change and food crises while fostering inclusive economic growth. The expected outcome is to strengthen government institutions' capacity in policy formulation and knowledge management. FAO draws on previous resilience projects to emphasize the importance of diverse income sources and community engagement in risk management.

Funded by partners like the European Union and FCDO, FAO has established agricultural and market infrastructure in Merka and Burao to support sustainable livelihoods. FAO collaborates closely with the government and communities, enabling access to remote areas. They employ a graduation model, transitioning beneficiaries from emergency assistance to resilience programming. Coordination with partners like WFP and the Somalia Cash Consortium further supports this approach.

FAO possesses expertise in resilience building across various levels and encourages knowledge sharing to improve project delivery and resilience outcomes.