Agriculture and Livelihoods Sector
In livelihoods, CODHNET empowers people to overcome poverty by helping them to increase the production capacity of the farmers, have access to food supply, improve access to water, generate more income to spend on the basic needs and most of all reduce vulnerability to droughts and conflicts. CODHNET has been able to reach more people over the year in helping the communities to build their own capacity to respond to crises. CODHNET frequently intervene in rural areas especially Lower shabelle where agriculture is a key economic sector. CODHNET also runs programmes in Hiraan region, Middler shabelle and Banadir regions In our livelihood programmes CODHNET targets the most vulnerable people in the community and focuses more on the women headed households as they are most vulnerable. To improve livelihoods, income and food security of communities in Somalia, CODHNET assists them with a broad range of activities.
Our activities include distributing seeds, fertilizers, farm tools and livestock and usually accompany the inputs with trainings on modern farming techniques. This has enabled the communities to become more self-sufficient through productive farming and livestock rearing. CODHNET carries out trainings on proper storage techniques and has provided the communities with modern storage facilities such as silos. CODHNET has been over the years working closely with the farmer organizations in middle shabelle.
Income Generating Activities
CODHNET implements income generating activities that act as both short term and long term programmes. This is through construction and rehabilitation of infrastructures in the community. The community members usually contribute to the work by providing labour which earns them income. These infrastructures which include canals for irrigation and water catchments and roads contribute a lot to the improvement of livelihoods in the communities. These programmes closely involve communities through the establishment of community committees who are involved in the maintenance of the infrastructures.
In emergency contexts, CODHNET livelihoods programmes are primarily intended to save lives and protect livelihoods. This is done by providing essential commodities such as food and water for their survival. CODHNET carries out programmes like provision of cash relief to the most vulnerable mostly targeting the elderly, ailing people and lactating women who cannot work. CODHNET also runs programmes like water trucking and basic food commodities distribution.