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Strenghtening food security and nutrition analysis in Somalia - GCP/SOM/051/MUL










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    Somalia | Humanitarian Response Plan 2020 2020
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    Since 2016, Somalia has faced climate shocks for eight back-to-back agricultural seasons. From drought to floods and cyclones, these have been increasingly frequent and exacerbated by plant pest outbreaks, including a recent and serious upsurge in desert locusts. This all further undermines the food security, nutrition and coping capacities of millions of already vulnerable people. Without harvests, livestock or fish, families lack food not only food on the table but also the means to buy any or meet their basic needs. The Somalia Humanitarian Response Plan 2020 calls for large-scale and sustained assitance to avoid a spiralling of the situation and support rural households to get back on their feet.
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    Somalia: Project Highlights - OSRO/SOM/205/USA 2023
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    FSNAU information and analyses facilitated and supported effective evidence-based decision-making in support of humanitarian, recovery and development interventions in response to the worsening humanitarian conditions in Somalia in 2022 and the need for continued and close monitoring of the food security and nutrition situation in the country. To support these efforts, the Government of the United States of America, through the United States Agency for International Development's Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance, contributed USD 1.6 million to FAO project OSRO/SOM/205/USA, entitled “Support to Food Security and Nutrition Analysis Unit (FSNAU)”. The project was implemented from 1 January 2022 to 30 June 2023.
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    Resilience Building in Somalia
    FAO Programme Review 2024
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    Leveraging on more than a decade of delivering humanitarian response, saving lives, and building resilient and sustainable livelihoods in Somalia, FAO continues to prioritize strengthening the productive sectors and resilient food systems. At the core of this is building resilience against climate change and human-induced crises as well as protecting the poor and vulnerable from shocks and stresses. In Somalia, FAO operates one of the largest resilience programmes in sub-Saharan Africa in efforts to contribute to the regional, sub-regional and country priorities. FAO defines Resilience as the ability of individuals, households, and communities to PREVENT, ANTICIPATE, ABSORB, ADOPT and TRANSFORM positively, efficiently, and effectively when faced with a wide range of risks and crises while maintaining an acceptable level of functioning without compromising long-term prospects for sustainable development, peace and security, human rights, and well-being for all. The ongoing programme in Somalia implemented in collaboration with the government of Somalia and partners focuses on enhancing evidence-based policies and institutional interventions, covering components such as food security, nutrition, land, agriculture, aquaculture, livestock breeding, infrastructure rehabilitation/construction and seed policies and production. Through the programme, FAO supports increased production and productivity through targeted support to households, smallholder farmers, farmer organizations and cooperatives, youth and women organizations improved efficiency; provision/improvement of infrastructure such as feeder roads, markets, flood embarkments, fish landing sites, veterinary and seed laboratories; improving farmer knowledge and skills; investing in early warning and early action systems for evidence-based decision making and anticipatory actions; and strengthening of stakeholder coordination for higher and lasting impact of interventions. To improve agri-food system resilience, FAO has focused on supporting increased crop production to meet the cereal needs of the most vulnerable. To strengthen the preventive and anticipative resilience of the communities and the government, emphasis is made on strengthening the capacity of federal and state governments to conduct desert locust surveillance and control in order to prevent the destruction of crops. Support is provided to the livestock sector through animal treatment and vaccination campaigns, including efforts to commercialize the sector and reduce livestock-related conflicts. Moving towards adaptive and transformative capacity for longer term and sustainable resilience building, the focus is made towards strengthening irrigation potential in the riverine areas while providing cash to enable quick recovery. The FAO Somalia programme is also promoting the development of the fisheries sector which has a great potential to contribute to national food security. FAO interventions towards building resilience.

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