The Proyecto FSSFS
The European Committee for Training and Agriculture (CEFA), in the framework of the Food Security and Sustainability in Fragile Situations (FSSFS) project, engaged PROCASUR to carry out a consultancy on “Capitalization of Knowledge and Documentation of Best Practices” in order to develop the Knowledge Management (KM) component of the project. The project is funded by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and by the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation (AICS) and implemented by European Committee for Training and Agriculture (CEFA) and Vétérinaires Sans Frontières Germany (VSF-G).
The overall objective of the FSSFS Project is to sustainably improve food, nutrition and livelihood security for rural communities in extremely fragile contexts, in Puntland State of Somalia, increasing the income of rural communities through the improvement of agricultural production, mainly concentrated on palm dates, value chain, and livestock productivity.
The Project, started at the end of 2019, will be implemented in Puntland, in the regions of Bari and Nugaal. and has a duration of four years (01/06/2019 – 31/05/2023).
The goal of the Project is to improve the food security of rural communities to build resilience
among the most vulnerable in the area of the intervention, and includes three main components:
1. Agriculture: with a particular focus on the date palms value chain, identified as income
opportunities due to their resistance to drought and adaptability to the arid climate of Puntland. Local producers will be trained to enhance the techniques of cultivation, harvesting, processing, packaging, and sale of dates. In addition, CEFA will work with farmers associations to strengthen their skills and facilitate access to the market and quality agricultural inputs.
2. Irrigation: The Project will deal with the rehabilitation and construction of irrigation infrastructures (oases, canals, and artesian wells) and will promote the use of sustainable technologies that use renewable energies, such as solar energy.
3. Livestock: in partnership with Veterinarians Without Borders – Germany (VSFG), the Project will also intervene on the breeding of cattle and the livestock sector, which represents one of the main sources of livelihood for the pastoral communities in Puntland.