Development and Peace – Caritas Canada is supporting Trocaire Somalia with an eight-month nutrition project in Balet Hawo, Luuq and Dollow districts, Gedo Region of southern Somalia.
This project is continuing activities begun in a previous project. Five consecutive inadequate rainy seasons from 2016 through to mid- 2019 have left Somalia with over half of the population in need of food and livelihood assistance as hunger has steadily increased and livelihood assets continue to be depleted. The signs of crisis, such as irregular pastoral migration, deterioration of the health of livestock, and displacement due to drought and conflict are now very common. Additionally, the impact of COVID-19 has not yet been fully realized in Gedo but is expected to significantly impact malnutrition in the area, especially as families already struggle to meet their daily food requirements.
To reduce acute malnutrition, this project will provide 6,000 children and 1,500 pregnant and lactating women suffering from malnutrition with monthly rations of ready-to-use-supplementary-food. Additionally, the project will work with 4,800 caregivers to provide training on infant and young child feeding practices to improve longer-term child nutrition. In total, the project aims to benefit 12,600 individuals and the total budget is $570,000.