Building resilience and creating economic opportunities in the Liben zone of Somali region

Project Overview



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Duration of the project

41 months


EUR 975’564

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The Liben Zone is affected by recurrent droughts and many people suffer from food insecurity. As the majority of the population is nomadic, their livelihoods depend directly on livestock farming.

This dependence makes them very vulnerable during periods of drought. The lack of pasture and water is a major problem for nomads and their animals. If the cattle do not have enough water and fodder, they are more vulnerable to diseases and, in some cases, must be slaughtered.

This has dramatic consequences for the owner families who depend on their livestock. Limited access to markets is another problem because nomads are only able to sell their products at a low price.



The project aims to strengthen the livelihoods of vulnerable groups and improve access to basic services. The measures strengthen the resilience of target groups during periods of drought.

This includes the introduction of technologies that increase livestock and arable crop yields. VSF-Suisse trains nomads in fodder production, small irrigation systems and the selection of more drought-resistant seeds, so the cattle can also be fed during the dry season.

The project also strengthens the marketing of products (milk, fur, fodder, etc.) in order to improve shepherd nomads and small farmers’ income. Access to health services will also be increased. This includes training on a balanced diet, which strengthens the population’s health resistance during droughts.

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