The objectives of the mobilization for the 10 selected villages in Afgooye district was intended to address how SomRep project will be implemented in the targeted Agro/pastoral villages of Afgooye district in Lower Shabelle region.
During the mobilization process, modalities of the upcoming activities - especially the Participatory Rural Appraisal (PRA) - were thoroughly reiterated by the HIJRA staff on the ground. Participants drawn from the villages used to put forward their comments on the sessions and always used to emphasize the fact that they are very appreciative for the upcoming project and will closely work with HIJRA in order the project to be effective and efficient. Selected participants also echoed the fact that they will definitely be a catalyst between the implementing agency – HIJRA and the target communities in their respective villages.
SomRep project aims to improve food security and livelihoods and build resilience among vulnerable HHs and their communities, while providing effective social safety nets to support the most vulnerable HHs.
In order to build resilience of the targeted communities, first a stable foundation of productive livelihood activities and assets needs to be established from which improvements can be made. Therefore, SomReP project will endeavor to strengthen existing livelihoods and also improve livelihood assets and outcomes in the course of normal seasonal cycles. This project will enhance access to agricultural inputs, including promotion of drought resistant and faster-maturing crop varieties, strengthening of existing farmer groups and establishment of new ones where they do not exist to achieve greater leveraging of purchases and sales.
Small scale income generating activities, such as grants or business start-up packages, vocational training and support to apprenticeships with local businesses will be introduced, and where already existing, will be enhanced. Some of the most vulnerable beneficiaries will be provided with small stock for milk and breeding.
Agricultural (farming and pastoral) infrastructure such as feeder roads, canals, fodder production and market shelters will be rehabilitated using sustainable designs through cash for work. The project will also strengthen high value market chains; improve access to markets for small scale farmers, and support agricultural and livestock value addition opportunities with appropriate technology.