VSF Switzerland - Livelihood Puntland Somalia

Projet terminé

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.

Pays/région Thème Période Budget
Corne de l’Afrique
Aide humanitaire & RRC
Reconstruction et réhabilitation (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

Groupes cibles

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.

Effets à moyen terme

Outcome 1: Reduced livestock disease burden on pastoralists of Puntland

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


Principaux résultats attendus:  

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

Principaux résultats antérieurs:  

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.

Direction/office fédéral responsable DDC
Crédit Aide humanitaire
Partenaire de projet Partenaire contractuel
Institution universitaire et de recherche étrangère
  • Other Academic Research North
  • Vétérinaires sans Frontières Suisse

Coordination avec d'autres projets et acteurs

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 Phase en cours Budget de la Suisse CHF   520'000 Budget suisse déjà attribué CHF   500'161 Projet total depuis la première phase Budget de la Suisse CHF  920'000 Budget y compris partenaires de projet CHF  1'440'000
Phases du projet

Phase 3 15.05.2014 - 15.10.2015   (Completed)

Phase 2 01.04.2012 - 31.03.2014   (Completed)