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Food security in drought affected regions in Somalia

Water scarcity during Somalia’s droughts and dry seasons has devastating impacts on livelihoods and food security.

With co-funding from Canada and the United Kingdom, livelihood support has helped communities become more resilient.

With the United Kingdom’s funding, FAO and WFP are expanding infrastructure like water catchments, which families can access for food production and drinking, even during droughts.

The water supply also goes to vegetable and fruit production managed by women’s groups for whom Canada provided seeds, fruit trees and horticulture training.

With Canada’s funding, we are building resilience with livelihood activities like kitchen and market gardens, which have helped women maintain their households’ food security and incomes, even during dry season and drought.

One innovative activity is harvesting the prosopis tree to mix with livestock feed, to create a high-protein feed for consumption during dry season.

This feed can also be sold to livestock exporters to boost household income.

The programme helps people grow, consume and sell food during difficult times, building their food and nutrition security,nd helps people like Hinda to be more food security resilient in the face of crises.

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