SomRep Consortium Phase IV
The devastating drought of 2011 highlighted the weak human and institutional capacity, lack of effective policies, rules, regulations and legislative arrangements that increased the instability and fragmentation of the country. This left those already vulnerable with less access to life-saving humanitarian support, leading to large population displacement which further put pressure on scarce resources within the region. Somalia’s people live in extremely poor and underdeveloped conditions, with many facing chronic food insecurity due to the vulnerable state of their livelihoods to a range of risks, including crop failure, depletion of livestock and deteriorating purchasing power related to political, economic, social and environmental factors. Repeated cycles of drought threaten any small gains achieved, and the population frequently migrates in search of pasture and water, or abandons pastoralism for urban areas. These challenges have been further exacerbated by the inability of the government to mount and effective and sustainable response to chronic crises. As part of a consortium with Adventist Development and Relief Agency, CARE, Cooperazione Internazionale, Danish Refugee Council, Oxfam, and World Vision, Action Against Hunger has implemented the SomReP program since 2013, targeting two traditional livelihood sectors that are particularly vulnerable and central to Somali household survival: pastoral and agro-pastoral.
The consortium aims to increase communities’ ability to prepare for, adapt to and live through shocks without eroding their productivity or assets (e.g. increase their resilience). Based on this strategy, the program will aim to build resilience at the household and community levels through ensuring minimal levels of productive assets, while also strengthening livelihood systems. Activities will include training in animal husbandry, animal health care, Good Agricultural Practices, and vocational skills; promotion of sustainable infrastructure such as irrigation where appropriate; emphasis of seed and animal varieties that are more tolerant to drought; and community-led risk awareness raising and planning to identify appropriate strategies.
- Disaster Prevention and Preparedness
- Economic Recovery and Development
- Water Sanitation and Hygiene