Food

DBG sector programs that reached 226,237 direct households –HHS since 2004, promote greater diversity of methods and practice in farming and business increasing yielding of diversified crops and provides income generation activities and vocational skills

The actions are intended to counteract what DBG believes are the greatest impediments to food and economic security on Somalia, the lack of skills, resources, leadership, and violence.

Women are contending with the problem of status compounded by their gaps in skills, resources, leadership, and a very high vulnerability to violence.

The lack of skills, financial, and organizational leadership resources available for farmers and entrepreneurs particularly women, are limiting the economic capacity of the individual household.

A predominance of subsistence households continues to undermine the village-wide market economy/stability and the general nutritional and primary health of the population particularly for the most vulnerable, including pregnant and nursing women, women heads of household, and children under five to address a need for greater household food security

Providing agricultural techniques and inputs such as in irrigation and sowing for example which will expand the tools available for farmers based on the microclimate and soil variations of their land.

Through small enterprise training, entrepreneurs learn to re-assess their village markets and devise businesses that utilize their skills or learn new skills to serve local needs in a variety of ways.

Microcredit grant activities target a range of beneficiaries – individuals, cooperatives, farming cooperatives, women’s cooperatives such that a broad range of business has the opportunity to establish and flourish.

DBG continues general food distribution activities in emergency response. Based on the assumption that the people of Somalia need to build their own livelihoods to be able to meet their need for food, income, and other basic necessities. Coming in the wake of chronic food insecurity and repeated episodes of both natural and man-made disasters whose frequency and magnitude has been increasing over the last two decades, the focus of this program is to build on DBG relief work in Somalia to develop and sustain developmental relief projects that strengthen the resilience of communities to shocks.

The program, therefore, aims to ensure that there is an adequate linkage between relief and development. The focus will be providing vocational training, offering microfinance opportunities, livestock sector, arable farming, natural resource management, alternative livelihoods, and climate change adaptation. These programs are aimed at long-term, reliable growth, and DBG often engages the private sector and partners to leverage additional resources and guarantee sustainability.

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