Food Security & Livelihood Program
The Food Security and Livelihoods Program focuses on projects that aim to break the cycle of poverty and meet emergency food needs. Projects are used to promote economic and social development. It also aims to help secure the resources needed to generate income, as well as to provide sustainable livelihoods for the current and future generations, and to enhance their well-being.
Ensure food security and sustainable development by improving the lives of the most vulnerable through promoting the sustainable use of available resources, including equitable sharing and sharing of benefits arising from implemented projects.
Focus on people who aren't able to produce enough food and income or do not have the means to obtain the minimum family requirements for an active and healthy life.
AREAS OF EXPERTISE
1. Sustainable Agriculture and Food Security: Watan works to increase beneficiary options through an economic focus on strategic crops, livestock assets and social and environmental standpoints by designing and implementing the distribution of agricultural inputs, irrigation systems, rehabilitation, and provision of extension services. In addition, Watan is working on the formulation, activation, and operation of relevant local institutions to resume their functions at the end of its long-term programs.
2. Emergency Food Security & Livelihoods: Watan works to mitigate new risks and challenges arising from crises by responding with emergency food kit distribution and promoting positive coping strategies during the scarcity of emergency levels of food access.
3. Financial Services: Watan's work contributes to individual and collective self-reliance and strengthens the capacity of governments, local communities and regional organizations by integrating capacity development through income-generating activities ranging from micro grants and small business management training to restarting businesses.
The first project was initiated in 2012 by the Food Security Program, which resulted in the distribution of 3,800 food baskets in Homs, Hama, Aleppo, rural Damascus, and Deir Ezzor, reaching 22,400 beneficiaries. Due to successful implementation and urgent needs, Watan worked in the same year to support bakeries and provide 210 tons of flour in Deir Ezzor with RAHMA International.
The program has expanded the focus to more sustainable long-term outcomes, from seed-planting schemes, farming tools and agricultural services to support livestock.
PROGRAM PHILOSOPHY AND DIFFERENTIATORS
The immediate urgent response is at the cornerstone of food security and livelihood program planning. With partners on the ground inside Syria, are readily available to access various hard-to-access areas with security in mind, in order to reach the most vulnerable.
Watan aims to increase our program achievements to include activities that involve increasing skill levels and empowering communities to acquire diverse skills for more sustainability.
We also look forward to expanding our role in providing assistance to small businesses and business partnerships, as well as offering micro-grants, internships, and scholarships.
Watan also intends to expand our capacity in the area of agriculture and livestock through expansion in our scope and the numbers of beneficiaries.
Watan's work in the FSL program stands out for the following reasons:
• People: Our dedicated staff, volunteers and partners are always working to provide nutritious food in hard-to-reach areas and promote lasting solutions under difficult security conditions.
• Presence: Present in all provinces, and access to all areas affected by the Syrian crisis. Watan has an unrivalled network, deep-field presence, local knowledge, and great relationships, inside and outside Syria.
• Long-term sustainable interventions: responding with impactful interventions, such as micro-grants and livestock exchange schemes, to achieve sustainable long-term outcomes that will continue to be a major focus of society.
Seeing the success of others in society will build awareness, and motivate others to follow.
• Rapid emergency assistance
• RAF distribution
•For a Better Life.
• Qurbani campaigns.