UPO – VSFG Project in Central Darfur –Zalinge
In light of the effort made by UPO to improve the living standards and conditions of vulnerable communities, United Peace Organization (UPO) in partnership with Vétérinaires sans Frontières Germany (VSFG) is implementing an integrated intervention directly benefitting 15,000 Households in Central Darfur. The targeted localities are Golo, Nertiti and Rokero, however indirect benefit is state wide. Beneficiaries were chosen according to conducted needs assessment and in consultation with government ministries. Particular emphasis was made to reach female headed households.
The primary component carried out by UPO of the falls within FSL sector. However, Health and Nutrition, and WASH sector interventions were interwoven through supporting and supplementary activities implemented by partners. The project aims at improving food security and livelihood opportunities for over 10,000 households through providing agricultural support to increase the production and productivity through provision of inputs such as improved seeds and lactating goats, livestock feed and tools. As well as extension training necessary to make the most of the inputs.
Livestock restocking and training will be carried out to 360 households providing a total of 1,800 dairy goats from the local market. Each house hold receives 5 goats, 1 buck and 4 female goats. Households will also be provided with supplementary concentrated feed and equipment to ensure animal health as well as maximizing milk yield for beneficiaries to feed their households and sell excess for income.
Veterinary support will be provided through linking the beneficiaries to Community Animal Health Workers (CAHWs) chosen from the community and trained in examination of animals, administration and drugs and medicines and disease prevention and control. CAHWs will also be provided with kits and equipment to facilitate their work with the community.
Over 76 MT of assorted crop seeds will be distributed to farmers. Attention was made to include nutritious crops that could be grown in both the winter and summer seasons. Among the crops chosen were sorghum, groundnut, okra, watermelon and tomato. Again home gardening and field cultivation of these crops will provide improved nutrition for the households with the excess produce sellable in local markets to increase household income.
A selection of 260 model farmers will be chosen to receive an additional training in good agricultural practices. Instruction will be provided on site selection and land preparation, water management and irrigation, crop and seedling production and crop disease, pest and post-harvest management. These farmers are then to act as advisors and role models for other in their communities to emulate.
Duration of the project is expected to be 1 year starting in July 2019 and with key activities allocated to times of the year where they would have the greatest impact. The project cost is valued at around 50,000 and is funded by SHF as donor to the implementing consortium led by World Relief Sudan.