The United Nations FAO has a desert locust response program, supporting rural farmers to address food insecurity in rural areas, while contributing to mitigate further displacement.
In Somalia, agriculture plays a key role in economic growth and poverty reduction, but climate change, conflict, floods, droughts, the desert locust plague, the socio-economic impact of COVID-19 and the cumulative effects of previous crises have caused its contribution to the economy to decline by almost 60 percent since its peak in 1989.
Now, FAO’s cash plus agriculture emergency program is supporting rural farming households to address acute food insecurity in rural areas while contributing to mitigate further displacement by helping people to stay productive within rural areas, laying the groundwork for future recovery.
The climate-smart livelihood kit is tailored to the needs and vulnerabilities of distinct livelihood zones with the provision of land preparation services and quality and locally adapted and drought-resistant crop seed varieties. The kit includes multi-layered hermetic storage bags which help reduce post-harvest losses.
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