SIRA - Somalia Information and Resilience Building Action

Rangeland degradation, drought and other effects of climate change are further exacerbating food insecurity in Somalia. Through the present intervention the communities’ resilience is increased by enhancing climate sustainable livestock production, fodder productivity and public service delivery leading to improved household incomes. Switzerland aims to support communities’ capacities to cope with climatic shocks and as such contributes to stability and peace in Somalia.

Paese/Regione Tema Periodo Budget
Agricoltura e sicurezza alimentare
Servizi agricoli & mercato
Sviluppo agricolo
Ricerca agricola
Cooperative agricole & organizzazioni di produttori agricoli
01.01.2023 - 31.12.2025
CHF  6’045’000
Contesto Somalia currently experiences the worst drought in 40 years and a severe food insecurity situation resulting from it. The livestock sector provides food, household (HH) incomes and employment for an estimated 60% of the Somalia population. Sufficient fodder availability increases HH coping capacity, reduces livestock deaths during drought and hence keeps displacement rates low. Therefore, increasing fodder production and enhanced rangeland management – with a focus on women economic empowerment and participation in decision making – remain key. The Somalia government institutions have incrementally increased their capacities to take up service delivery roles from partners, however, their capacities remain weak. Food Security and Nutrition Analysis Unit (FSNAU) and Somali Water & Land Information Management (SWALIM) projects provide the information that is crucial to Somalia national institutions and communities to better plan, respond to shocks and protect livelihoods for resilience building. Switzerland is well positioned to complement existing programmes with a structural development perspective, promoting the link between humanitarian and development initiatives.
Obiettivi Resilience for agro-pastoral households strengthened through improved livestock production and fodder productivity, and increased income from enhanced fodder value chains.
Gruppi target

-    Direclty benefitting are 68’000 pastoralists and (agro-) pastoralists across 35 villages (50% women) from the fodder value chain and natural resources management (NRM) interventions (new phase II are 23’000 individuals in 10 villages) as well as 30 government officials and 17 machine fabricators/artisans.

-    Indirectly benefitting are 141’000 individ-uals from NRM in the villages.

-    Early warning and early action infor-mation, provided through FSNAU and SWALIM, benefits the Somalia Government institutions, other national institutions, the larger Somali public and development partners, who can better plan and regulate drought emergencies and inform community resilience building.

Effetti a medio termine

Outcome 1)    Strengthened sustainable climate-smart quality fodder production and community natural resources management for improved livestock production.

Outcome 2)    Increased household income for targeted fodder producers from sale of fodder and livestock products.

Outcome 3)    Improved institutional capacity, regulatory framework and policy implementation at government level for resiliencebuilding.


Risultati principali attesi:  

-    Fodder Production and productivity is enhanced;

-    Inclusive access and management of local natural resources improved;

-    Value addition opportunities for fodder products expanded to improve consumption and sale;

-    Fodder producers and traders improve their access to fodder markets;

-    Women are empowered through access to training, markets, credit and business opportunities;

-    Institutional capacity and regulatory framework for livestock feed production and marketing strengthened;

-    Inclusive capacity development support provided to government institutions.

Risultati fasi precedenti:  

-    7’500 HH have increased their resilience and income from improved access to quality/quantity of fodder;

-    Fodder production has increased by 40%. Value addition investment in 25 villages have maintained beneficiary HH more resilient; 

-    Increased knowledge sharing and innovation for 7’500 HH benefiting from sustainable government led extension services;

-    Achievements of phase 1 have informed the design of the fodder production programme funded by the Netherlands in Sanag region;

-    Somaliland NDP III integrated the design of SIRA for scaling up;

-    44% women beneficiaries targeted have advanced their involvement in fodder value chain and decision making at HH level and 30% in groups leadership;

-    FSNAU and SWALIM continued to provide credible data (rainfall performance, pasture and browse availability and livestock market prices) and informed early warning and response in Somalia.

Direzione/Ufficio responsabile DSC
Partner del progetto Partner contrattuale
Instituzione universitaria e di ricerca straniera
Organizzazione delle Nazioni Unite (ONU)
  • Organizzazione delle Nazioni Unite per l'alimentazione e l'agricoltura
  • Research Organisation of South East

Altri partner
FAO Somalia
Coordinamento con altri progetti e attori

FAO Programmes in Somalia; WFP, UNICEF, FAO Joint Resilience Action; SDC funded resilience programmes including RLP, SomReP and Multi-Bi contributions to ICRC and WFP.

Aligned to the Somalia National Development Plan, resilience building chapter. Regionally in line with the IGAD Drought Disaster Resilience and Sustainability Initiative and Somalia Country Programming Paper on drought resilience and sustainability. 

Budget Fase in corso Budget Svizzera CHF    6’045’000 Budget svizzero attualmente già speso CHF    3’435’000
Fasi del progetto Fase 2 01.01.2023 - 31.12.2025   (Fase in corso) Fase 1 10.12.2018 - 30.11.2022   (Completed)