VSF Switzerland - Livelihood Puntland Somalia

Progetto concluso

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.

Paese/Regione Tema Periodo Budget
Corno d’Africa
Assistenza umanitaria & RRC
Ricostruzione e riabilitazione (till 2016)
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

Gruppi target

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.

Effetti a medio termine

Outcome 1: Reduced livestock disease burden on pastoralists of Puntland

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


Risultati principali attesi:  

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

Risultati fasi precedenti:  

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.

Direzione/Ufficio responsabile DSC
Credito Aiuto umanitario
Partner del progetto Partner contrattuale
Instituzione universitaria e di ricerca straniera
Organizzazione svizzera senza scopo di lucro
  • Other Academic Research North
  • Vétérinaires sans Frontières Suisse

Coordinamento con altri progetti e attori

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 Fase in corso Budget Svizzera CHF   520'000 Budget svizzero attualmente già speso CHF   500'161 Progetto totale dalla prima fase Budget Svizzera CHF  920'000 Budget inclusi partner del progetto CHF  1'440'000
Fasi del progetto

Fase 3 15.05.2014 - 15.10.2015   (Completed)

Fase 2 01.04.2012 - 31.03.2014   (Completed)