Somalia: FAO, EU Launch Food Security Project

The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and the European Union (EU) have commenced a three-year project in Somalia with a view to improving food security.

It is understood that livestock and fishing, which are leading income earners in the country, have been affected by conflict, climate change, piracy and illegal fishing.

According to the International Rescue Committee (IRC), 1.7 million people in Somalia face acute food insecurity, with nearly 50,000 of them reported to have been forced to flee their homes in search of food, water, aid and work.

The project, ‘Resilient Fisheries and Livestock Value Chain for Inclusive and Sustainable Growth in Somalia (RAAISE)’, is designed to create new jobs and rehabilitate primary infrastructure within the fisheries and livestock sectors.

‘FAO is pleased to be able to place the support it is bringing to this project within the wider framework of its support to the productive sectors of Somalia, in partnership with the federal and regional governments, donors and the private sector’, the FAO Representative for Somalia, Etienne Peterschmitt, said.

It was gathered that the $17.8 million project funded by the EU will be implemented by FAO, which will provide agricultural inputs and support technical training of pastoralists, fisherfolk, and honey producers.

The RAAISE project, according to Peterschmitt, recognises the significant progress that ministries and stakeholders have made in strengthening food supply.

It is designed to cover the entire Somalia but with particular focus on corridors in Somaliland, Central North, Shabelle, and Juba River.

The project will focus on increased quantity, quality and consistency of production, marketing, expanding access to markets, and building skills and capacities.

It will also focus on rehabilitating and constructing infrastructure to provide water sources for irrigation and livestock as well as improving fodder storage sheds and rehabilitating fisheries infrastructure.

Also, the project, according to the FAO official, will provide training through a community-based approach such as Fisher Field Schools.

Source: The East African

Photo source: AMISOM Public Information

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