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Improving access to food for vulnerable households in Xudur district, Bakool region - Somalia


Titre : Improving access to food for vulnerable households in Xudur district, Bakool region - Somalia

Pays /Région : Somalie

Code projet : CHF-DDA-3485-691 -

Durée : 9 mois Fev 2015

Whilst Bakol Region has been severely hit by drought and conflict throughout the more than 2 decades of internal conflict in Somalia recent months show a deteriorating situation for most parts of the region. The recent AMISOM offensive against Al-Shabaab (AS) in 2014 led to a change of administration in most districts but also triggered the break-down of local livelihoods and trade due to the response of the AS imposing an effective economic blockade on major supply routes. The local market is basically empty and prices for the few available items have more than doubled, since everything has to be brought in small amounts and often under the risk of life. Only few food truck convoys (ACF, WFP) have reached Xudur after weeks of seeking their way through the siege. A renewed nutritional crisis with high levels of acute malnutrition (>30%) is the result. Additionally in September an AWD outbreak brought more than 140 children <5 to the ACF supported MCH and cost the lives of 2 children. Insecurity and military confrontations between insurgents and the Somali Army backed by AMISOM are likely to persist in the next 6 months and further displacements can be expected. For the post-Gu 2014 period (Aug - Dec-14) FSNAU estimated 732 000 of urban people in Stressed (IPC Phase 2), 88 000 in Crisis (IPC Phase 3) and 26 000 in Emergency (IPC Phase 4) acute food insecurity phases across the country. The main towns of Bakol Region (Wajid, Xudur) were identified in Emergency (IPC Phase 4)

ACF is implementing 2 CHF funded projects in Xudur (emergency WASH and Nutrition). In addition, a food-for-work program supported 500 Households for 3 months in response to the current emergency (Oct – Dec 2014). The proposed intervention is to complement the ongoing one and expand coverage among vulnerable households in emergency, including those hosting returnees. The proposed food voucher activity is an answer to nutrition and food needs for vulnerable households in Xudur. Received every 2 weeks those vouchers will cover 50% of the food basket (2,100 kcal) for 550 households of 6 for 3 months. A more detailed market-survey will be carried out at the beginning of the project ; then traders would be selected based on their willingness to participate in the project and their capacity to procure items. In order to revitalize the market, some more vulnerable traders would be chosen and will be paid within 2 weeks of the distribution via the hawala system. The value of each voucher/item will be negotiated with traders and prices will continue to be followed in the market weekly, in order to adjust prices if needed. An injection of vouchers into the local economy will enable goods to be purchased outright (rather than on credit) and some debts to be paid off, thereby increasing traders’ access to capital. With this the proposed activity also creates an incentive for traders to take the risk of organizing secured convoys to bring in more goods for the general populatio

Porteur du projet : ACF (Action Contre la Faim)

Financement : Nations Unies

Contribution : 299,448.34 $

United Nations Development Group

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