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IOM Supports Vulnerable Families in Yemen’s Abyan Governorate

Yemen - IOM has completed an initial distribution of livestock and dry fodder animal feed to 138 vulnerable households in the Saar and Jayshan districts of Yemen’s southern Abyan Governorate.

The project: ‘Enhancing the Resilience of Vulnerable Communities in Abyan Governorate through Integrated Livelihoods and WASH Programming,’ is funded by USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) and aims to strengthen the resilience of vulnerable Abyan communities to anticipate, withstand and recover from future shocks and crises.

Abyan, an area noted for its agriculture, including date palms and animal husbandry, has suffered economically and seen widespread internal displacement due to ongoing conflict between government forces and rebels linked to Al Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP).  

IOM coordinates the distribution of livestock and dry fodder with community-based committees who play a vital role in identifying safe and accessible distribution points. To date IOM has distributed a total of 690 animals along with 11,800 bunches of dry fodder to vulnerable families. It has also provided animal husbandry training to beneficiaries.

Drawing on lessons learned from previous projects, IOM buys the dry fodder and livestock locally to reduce the risk of disease among the animals purchased. This also decreases overall transportation and delivery costs.

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