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Providing assistance through food security and livelihood support to communities

ACTED in Somalia support the most vulnerable populations in need of urgent food, nutrition and water, sanitation and hygiene assistance. Following below average rains late 2016, food security deteriorated significantly across Somalia, with an increasing number of people in need of emergency food assistance. ACTED is at the forefront of the humanitarian response thanks to its strong presence in South Central Somalia, including hard-to-reach rural areas of Burhakhaba. Accountable lifesaving programmes are implemented through short-term unconditional and longer-term conditional cash transfers to improve the existing communal assets and boost household economies while supporting their recovery and improving their resilience to future shocks.

As severe drought gripped most parts of Somalia, food crisis worsened in rural areas following consecutive seasons of poor rainfall and low river water levels. ACTED reaches households with food security and livelihood support to help them navigate through the climate-induced drought, consolidating its presence in South Central Somalia and expanding its reach to Puntland, North-East of the country, where the needs are high. Through cash transfers and water trucking interventions, the most vulnerable can benefit from an immediate boost to their purchasing power allowing them to survive the food and water crisis. Through cash-for-work activities, key community infrastructures such as water facilities and feeder roads are rehabilitated and maintained, improving access to clean water while supporting livelihoods. Alongside lifesaving activities, ACTED is also active in the resilience sector, strengthening communities’ cohesion and supporting income generating activities through the STREAM consortium in Lower Juba.

Activating emergency drought response and recovery to vulnerable households

Most populations are going through a phase of inadequate food and water supply in the lead up to drought. In Puntland, ACTED has opened an office in Sanaag region to respond to the most urgent needs with emergency water trucking and hygiene sensitisation activities in order to promote access to clean water for drinking, household use and livestock consumption. Borehole rehabilitation, distribution of hygiene kits and water tabs to the affected areas are done to improve the water, sanitation and hygiene situation. In Ceel Waaq, Gedo region, additional rounds of cash transfers are implemented to help households meet their immediate food and water needs.

Investing in resilience to reduce vulnerability among communities

Through the Somalia Resilience Action Consortium (STREAM), ACTED implements a resilience programme to provide sustainable opportunities for communities chronically affected by food insecurity and humanitarian crises in Lower Juba. Comprehensive assessments are conducted to adjust the intervention to the priority needs and ensure that the vulnerable households benefit from increased livelihood opportunities. The programme scaled-up support to vulnerable households through additional cash transfer, contributing to the drought response in the region. This works to improve access to income for households vulnerable to livelihood related shocks. This on-going programme continues to sustainably address underlying causes of the vulnerabilities of the Somali society and economy.

Download the STREAM project brochure and factsheet


Partners in 2016 :

Global Affairs Canada (GAC), European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO), EuropeAid, Office For The Coordination Of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), Office of Food for Peace (FFP) - U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), Office Of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA, United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), World Food Programme (WFP)

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