The situation in Somalia remains in a critical state due the critical political situation, drought and floods and the rise in food prices.
These factors combined are plunging the agro-pastoral communities of rural areas in extreme poverty, forcing them to reduce the quantity and quality of food and sell their means of production to survive.
To respond to this emergency, COOPI is implementing the DFAT 6 project financed by Australia's DFAT (Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade), as part of the Somalia Resilience Programme (SOMReP). Our action aims to: increase the resilience of Somali pastoral, agro-pastoral, coastal and peri-urban communities; diversify livelihoods; improve disaster risk reduction management and governance at community level; strengthen the ecosystems health; provide vocational training for young people (TVET), and promote income-generating activities for beneficiaries.
The 12-months DFAT-6 project involves the districts of Dollow and Belet-Hawa in the Gedo region of central and southern Somalia, where from June 2019 to May 2020, 2,255 households in 10 villages will benefit from the project.
In this respect, households with at least one member belonging to a savings association were better able to cope with drought consequences, learning how to use their savings to buy food or to cover basic family needs.