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South central Somalia food security and livelihood support program


Titre : South central Somalia food security and livelihood support program

Pays /Région : Somalie

Code projet : CHF-DMA-0489-455

Durée : 19-Aug-2013 // 20-Feb-2014

Poor households in most livelihood zones of South-Central have already exhausted their cereal stocks and will most likely rely on market purchases until the next GU harvest in August. In the sorghum producing districts of Baidoa, Wanlaweyn and Afgooye, cereal stocks of the poor households is expected not to last beyond May 2013. This is expected to reduce food access of the poor families. The increased demand may cause increased cereal prices in the local markets. FSNAU reported an estimated 73000 families are stressed and 13000 persons in AFLC in Baidoa district. There are reports that the agro-pastoralists in crisis in rural Baidoa may increase between Feb/June 2013. The deterioration is expected among the sorghum producing rural farmers due to the low performance of the GU2013. In Lower Shabelle Region, according to FSNAU, rural livelihoods in Wanlaweyn and Afgooye are stressed. In Wanlaweyn and Afgooye districts, 98,000 persons are stressed and 8000 are in AFLC. The below normal GU rains may cause the number of those in need of assistance to increase in the rural agro-pastoralists in Wanlaweyn and Afgooye districts. There is no humanitarian assistance in Wanlaweyn district due to poor presence of aid agencies. In order to avert further deterioration of humanitarian condition, improved food access and agric inputs are needed until GU 2013 and beyond. The proposed intervention addresses the food insecurity of poor families during the lean season until Aug 2013.

Baidoa, Wanlweyn & Afgooye Districts are potential producers of cereals and have agro-pastoralists dependent on their own food production. FSNAU reported 171000 people in the 3 districts are stressed and 13,000 are in AFLC. Below average rains during GU 2013 may reduce harvest and increase the number in crisis. FSNAU estimated that cereal reserves of poor families here may last until end of May forcing stressed families to resort to harmful coping mechanisms during the lean season. An assessment conducted in Baidoa shows 6 in 10 rural families unable to meet basic food needs. FGDs showed household food crisis affecting both men and women but women suffer most. Women have limited coping options available to them. They perform household jobs and care for children. Women have limited income and little access to asset ownership. Women-led households resort to food loans and selling of fodder from the bush. FGDs found that many poor families started applying coping mechanisms in May 2013 due to emptying of food reserves. Local informants reported poor families will compromise food intake (frequency, size, quality) to cope with food crisis. FGDs found 5 in 10 families have debts. 48% of families reported debts of $100-140. They have limited alternatives to cope with risks of food insecurity. The proposed intervention targets rural Baidoa, Wanlaweyn & Afgooye. It will address food insecurity for 12600 people through unconditional vouchers for food and agric inputs.

Porteur du projet : Catholic Relief Services (CRS)

Financement : Nations Unies

Contribution : 249,487.82 $

United Nations Development Group

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