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Lively hood and emergency project


    With 13.1 million people requiring humanitarian assistance and 6.7 million people internally displaced, Syria continues to be one of the largest humanitarian crises of our time. indicates there are 6.7 million people who are food insecure, 14.6 million people need access to safe water. ACSAD implements life-saving programs, while providing communities with access to safe water and sustainable solutions to hunger. Aligned with that, the programme aims to provide a multisectoral, rapid and effective humanitarian response to the crisis-affected population across Syria


    The programme aims to provide a multisectoral, rapid and effective humanitarian response to the crisis-affected population across Syria. Focusing on the impact, the project aims to restore the access to basic services in WASH sectors, complemented with improved food security. The vulnerability of target communities will be reduced through restored access to WASH services; access to safe, and conducing learning environments will be complemented with an improved nutritional profile. The current program will continue; however, the range, scope, and quality will be expanded.

    Contribution to SDG Implementation

    The income generating activities of the program tolerated according to the available resources and capacity of beneficiaries by using the home gardening production to support the food security of the family and use the over need quantity for processing and using it a source of income. Also the project developed an innovative method of collecting house roof rain water to harvest it and using it at the time of need

    Implementation methodologies

    Each year the targeted area appointed depending on specific humanitarian criteria's flowed by need assessment and beneficiaries selection. The program reached 40000 vulnerable rural families in 13 governorates in Syria. The main activities include: distribution of Height yield verities of summer and winter vegetables, seed of wheat, barley and pulses, fertilizers, cultivation equipment and tools, irrigation materials, in addition to distribution of fodder and veterinary medicines, constriction of water harvesting system at community and household level These activities followed by capacity building and income generation activities focusing on rural women and rural youth. Also distribution of materials and tools for trained women on vegetable and fruits processing to start their own project as a source of food security and income generation. The program establish very strict follow up and monitoring system which run in line with project activities. This process start by base line survey in each area at the binging of the project, followed by post distribution survey and end line survey , in addition to monthly reports from the field supported by figurs and photos


    the main results of the program are: - Helping more than 40,000 rural families endure the conditions of the crisis in Syria. - These projects helped restart the agricultural production cycle in the targeted villages and planted thousands of hectares of durum and soft wheat - Improve the income of targeted rural families by 25% - Securing a diversified food source of summer and winter vegetables for poor families - And secure job opportunities for thousands of rural women in the field of growing and processing these vegetables. - Helping young livestock keepers save their animals - The number of heads of sheep increased by about 20-30% as a result of these projects. - Improve the income of livestock breeders' families by about 28%. - Securing water resources to support the targeted families - Improving food and water security for rural families in general.

    Factors and Constraints

    The key factor of the success of the program is the partnership developed between stakeholders and the simple and clear approach used. The main constraint faced the program was the limitation of fund to cover the total needs of all , This issue was solved by co- funding between partners and focusing on simple and local low cost technologies.

    Sustainability and replicability

    For sustainability of the project the household were advised to keep some portion of their production of seed to replant it in the next season Also since beginning the project developed an extending plan to other areas and each year extend the work to new area

    COVID-19 Impact

    Covid-19 affected some activities of the project such as training of beneficiaries, so we tock the protection measures like wearing mask and keeping distance. The program has the opportunity to educate the people about the protection of Covid 19 and its symptoms and effects

    Contact Name
    Dr. Nasr Edin
    ACSAD-The Arab Center for the studies in Arid Zones and Dry Lands
    Geographical coverage

    in Syria 13 governorates- in Egypt in Marsa Matroh

    01 May 2014 (start date)
    30 June 2021 (date of completion)
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    Syrian Arab Republic
    Syrian Arab Republic
    Contact Information

    Dr. Nasr Edin , Director General