Agriculture and Livelihoods
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A livelihood is said to comprise the capabilities, assets and activities required for a means of living. For a livelihood to be considered sustainable, communities that share the same kind of livelihood should be able to withstand the shocks and seasonality that recurrently affect them. In Gedo Region and specifically in ASEP project areas we continuously work with Pastoralist, Agro- pastoralists and Riverine communities. With a view to assist our beneficiaries gain a profitable means of living we continually engage in projects that will help them cope with the seasonality that the region faces such as drought as well as flooding that affect our Pastoralist and Riverine Community beneficiaries respectively.

In 2016, ASEP run two Livelihood projects that aimed to improve the livelihood conditions of IDPs in Doolow and Luuq regions of Gedo. One of these projects was aimed at “Enhancing Sustained Recovery through Resilience Building for 63,038 beneficiaries in the host communities that included IDPs in Belet-Xaawo and Dolow in Gedo Region. Our beneficiaries were able to benefit from irrigation packages that came with seeds. With the intention of creating diversity in their source of livelihood, some of our pastoralist beneficiaries were supported to begin beekeeping through distribution of beehives and training on how to run a beehive farm. Further ASEP seeks to diversify, protect and improve livelihoods and livelihood assets for Agro-pastoral and Riverine farmers’ households through increased sustainable and diversified household economic opportunities, in our “Gedo Recovery Project” that was focused in Belet-Xaawo and Dolow Districts; we constructed eight check dams and also rehabilitated irrigation canals in six riverine villages.