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ASET

achieving socio-economic stability of returnees, host community and IDPs in iraq

iraq

September 2020- August 2022

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about

In partnership with the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM), AVSI Iraq implements the project “ASET: Achieving Socio-economic Stability of Returnees, Host Community and IDPs” in the Nineveh and Duhok governorates of Iraq.

the goal

The project’s goal is to enhance the socio-economic resilience of vulnerable returnees, IDPs, and the host community in Nineveh and Duhok governorates.

Challenges

Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) face challenges in accessing employment, protection, and social cohesion. Thus, AVSI will continue to support the communities in Nineveh and Duhok governorates to ensure the sustainability of their livelihoods while building capacity.

response

The new project responds to the current situation and needs of the population. The prolonged protests that started in October 2019, the geopolitical instability, the recent influx of Syrian refugees in the Kurdistan region of Iraq (KRI), and the COVID-19 pandemic have added pressure to an already vulnerable community and further exacerbated the region’s limited public resources.

In its first-year implementation, AVSI will continue to support the Association of Farmers, Livestock owners, and Technicians (AFLT) in its capacity to provide access to credit and services to farmers. AVSI established the AFLT during the implementation of the first PRM project. 

AVSI will help the local community restore their capacity to provide agricultural and breeding services, focusing on the value chains of sheep breeding, mushrooms, flower and ornamental plants in Duhok, and poultry, cows, olives, and honey in Nineveh. The project will target women as potential earners. It will also provide gender-sensitive life skills training to farmers and their families.

Designed through extensive consultation with local actors in Qaraqosh, including hundreds of farming families, the project will reach returnees, host community, and IDPs. 

Activities

Nineveh Governorate 

  • Technical training on the following sectors: cow breeding, beekeeping, irrigation system, business training, and life skills training. 
  • Reactivation of agricultural and animal production business 
  • Improve existing irrigation systems 
  • Restoring public gardens 
  • Awareness campaign 
  • Legal support to the Association of Farmers, Livestock Owners and Technicians (AFLT) 

Duhok Governorate 

  • Training activities: life skills training, training on flower and ornamental plant production, production of substrate, business training,  
  • Greenhouse production of flowers and ornamental plants 
  • Producing mushroom substrate 
  • Restoring of public gardens 

beneficiaries

AVSI Iraq will reach returnees, host community and IDPs (Direct: 3,708 Returnees, 5,047 IDPs, and 1,545 Host; Indirect: 20,000 individuals)

Results

  • 480 farmers received business development support/training, exceeding the target by seven percentage point. 
  • 50 farmers received support in irrigation system 
  • 1,076 farmers received technical and financial training and 92% (993) of the farmers increased their technical and financial knowledge by at least 20% 
  • 100% of farmers received services from AFLT. The AFLT’s goal is to support all the activities related to agricultural productions and environmental resources management among the group of the selected beneficiaries and stimulates active and reactivated producers to unify their efforts in an informal network of producers to secure a higher profit margin and a higher negotiation power (mushrooms, flowers, and sheep). 
  • 510 (100%) project participants attended gender-sensitive life skills training 
  • 503 (99%) project participants demonstrated acquisition of life skills, and 
  • 4,067 people are accessing the restored community gardens, exceeding the target by 36 percentage points. 

success stories (Partner social media campaign)

See the stories from our social media collaboration with AVSI Middle East, State PRM, and US Embassy. Follow us to Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook for more stories and other exciting collaborations!

press release

Click to read: ASET: A NEW PROJECT FUNDED BY PRM TO SUPPORT THE SOCIO-ECONOMIC STABILITY OF THE LOCAL COMMUNITY, RETURNEES AND IDPS IN IRAQ