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Tackling hunger and food insecurity in Somalia through Vouchers for Training


Titre : Tackling hunger and food insecurity in Somalia through Vouchers for Training

Pays /Région : Somalie

Code projet : CHF-DMA-O489-445

Durée : 30-Jul-2013 // 31-Aug-2014

Vouchers for Training in Garowe has two objectives ; both to increase food security and improve skills amongst vulnerable households. In the Feb 2013 FSNAU IPC, Garowe town is in IPC Phase 3 and and many communities are faced with chronic food insecurity. Peri-urban IDP settlements are often poorly planned and living conditions are precarious, with stigma affecting their access to education, labour market and basic services. In Garowe there is food availability, but access is limited due to low purchasing power. Women are often more severely affected as their livelihood opportunities are further restricted. The projects have been selected for a vouchers transfer modality due to factors such as strong trader capacity, access to credit, household market access and food availability. The transfer value is $74 USD/month based on the FSNAU district food MEB and then calculated at 55% as per the WFP FFT food ration. A 2012 WFP Evaluation showed that women control 80% of money for food, whilst men control 68% of money for nonfood items. Cash vouchers are therefore proposed instead of cash to ensure that female beneficiaries are empowered to use the vouchers and also to maintain a minimum control over expenditure. The skills provided through the training will benefit trainees by enabling them to earn a higher income through either selfemployment or employment in local businesses. The partner will also link graduates to local employers and/or micro-credit organisations.

This project is based on findings from WFP market and feasibility assessments (attached), as well as the FSNAU Post-Gu assessment and the WFP Seasonal Analysis Response Plan which show that Garowe is a priority district. It has experienced repeated food insecurity crises and the human capital has deteriorated through the lack of investments in education. There is a need to develop skills that will enable community members to earn an income that is sufficient for their household’’s food security. A 2011 market study in Puntland showed that NE markets are well stocked with over 80% of traders able to replenish stocks within a few days. It also showed that traders are capable of raising their supply to meet increased demand. Due to the trunk roads, market integration and access is strong. Female traders (who tend to trade in meat and vegetables rather than commodities) are also encouraged to be contracted for the project. Household surveys showed that communities have a preference for a move to vouchers as a transfer modality. As a result of these assessments, two Voucher for Training (VFT) projects will be implemented in Garowe town. The participants will be enrolled in business management and tailoring classes while literacy and numeracy classes will be offered at the two training centres.

Porteur du projet : WFP (World Food Programme)

Financement : Nations Unies

Contribution : 499,998.68 $

United Nations Development Group

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