VSF Switzerland - Livelihood Puntland Somalia

Projekt abgeschlossen

Somalia continues to face food insecurity with more than 860'000 people in need of assistance. One of the identified reasons for this is the lack of adequate veterinary health service causing not only a decrease of available food for the local population but also hampering the high-potential livestock exports, preventing the country to develop. With this intervention along with its partner VSF, SDC aims to improve veterinary services in the semi-autonomous state of Puntland, thus improving the main livelihood of its inhabitants.

Land/Region Thema Periode Budget
Horn von Afrika
Humanitäre Hilfe & DRR
Wiederaufbau und Wiedereingliederung
15.05.2014 - 15.10.2015
CHF 520'000

Somalia, mainly characterized by drylands, is struggling with recurrent climatic shocks such as droughts and floods with increasing frequency. In addition to weak institutions, these factors have caused food insecurity to become a major threat to the country's population and is also hampering the country's high-potential livestock sector. The semi-autonomous state of Puntland heavily depends on livestock both for export and subsistence. The pastoral areas of Puntland are characterized by inadequate or total absence of veterinary services, due to brain-drain and limited veterinary education possibilities.


Enhanced livelihoods due to improved livestock production arising from better animal health services


The main beneficiaries for this project are the pastoralists and veterinary service providers (Public and private) in the three regions of Puntland:

  • 48'000 livestock owners (8'000 HH),
  • 100 Nomadic Animal Health Auxiliaries
  • 10 Veterinary drug store owners,
  • 40 Public and private veterinarians and veterinary assistants.

Total: 48,150 beneficiaries.

Mittelfristige Wirkungen

Outcome 1: Reduced livestock disease burden on pastoralists of Puntland

Outcome 2: Strengthened capacity of public and private animal health providers


Erwartete Resultate:  

Output 1.1: Improved access to veterinary services

Output 1.2: Increased awareness on zoonotic diseases

Output 2.1: NAHAs and local vet pharmacies receive training to improve their capacity to provide veterinary services

Output 2.2: Public and private vets/vet assistants adequately equipped with the knowledge required for control of livestock diseases

Resultate von früheren Phasen:  

The two previous phases (ER-SOLAFA)1 mainly focused on IDPs and food aid because of the humanitarian needs resulting from the 2010/11 drought. However, previous VSF Puntland Pastoral Project (PPP), co-funded by SDC resulted in the establishment of private veterinary service delivery in pastoral areas through a network of NAHAs2 and veterinary drug stores. Ten veterinary drug stores were established, six of them providing services in different areas of Puntland. The external evaluation of ER-SOLAFA assessed the network of NAHAs established by the PPP project positively and recommended the strengthening of this network for future phases.

Verantwortliche Direktion/Bundesamt DEZA
Kreditbereich Humanitäre Hilfe
Projektpartner Vertragspartner
Ausländische Hochschul- und Forschungsinstitution
Schweizerische Non-Profit-Organisation
  • Other Academic Research North
  • Vétérinaires sans Frontières Suisse

Koordination mit anderen Projekten und Akteuren

UNOCHA (Food security cluster)

NGO Consortium Puntland

Ministry of Livestock and Animal Husbandry (MoLAH)

Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation (MoPIC)

Puntland Livestock Professional Associations (PULPA)

Sheik Veterinarian school

Somali Livelohood and food Assistance project (ECHO, SDC)

VSF Switzerland Ethiopia Livelihood project

Food Security Cluster Somalia

Budget Laufende Phase Schweizer Beitrag CHF   520'000 Bereits ausgegebenes Schweizer Budget CHF   500'161 Projekttotal seit Anfangsphase Schweizer Beitrag CHF  920'000 Budget inklusive Projektpartner CHF  1'440'000

Phase 3 15.05.2014 - 15.10.2015   (Completed)

Phase 2 01.04.2012 - 31.03.2014   (Completed)