Red Sea Programme

Activities Projects 

rogramme focus:
Our programmes focuses on Natural resource management and resource-based conflict reduction; Livelihood options for both farmers and pastoralists and enhance shared management of shared resources; Mainstream the participation and influence of women, youth, pastoralists and other livelihood groups such as fishers in programmatic interventions; and Emergency response for affected communities in the programme area
Red Sea:
Red Sea Programme is focuses on Food Security and Livelihoods
In Red Sea State, we support small scale producers on livelihoods and food security through adaptation to climate change. The main target groups are fisheries and horticulturists. They are traditionally pastoralists, but their modern livelihoods include fishing and horticulture production.

(1) SOS Sahel Sudan has implemented fishery project “Support Small Scale Producers Project” in Suakin Locality in (January – December 2013). The final beneficiaries are the inhabitants of the 6 areas out of 12 areas in Swakin town and surrounding villages, approximately 3,000 households representing the overall direct and indirect project beneficiaries who received capacity building and livelihood support, with tailored support to women headed households, introducing income generation and literacy activities. It also incorporates capacity-building of fishermen associations and women groups. The project budget is € 100,000 Euros funded by Oxfam NOVIB. The Project Goal is to contribute to the reduction of poverty in the Red Sea State by supporting and implementing cross-sector approaches to strengthening sustainable livelihood strategies. The Project Purpose is to enhance the local communities of the six areas self-organization capacity and raise their small business technical and managerial skills that improves their livelihoods towards self-reliant.

Evidence of project impacts:
Five fishery groups and five women associations were established during the project implementation, formally registered and practicing their roles on institutional development and on supporting their constituencies. Four out of the five women associations are able to develop financial systems that enabled credit to their members.

The findings of the project baseline survey and other assessment conducted by SOS Sahel in the sector of fishery at Suakin locality as well as project results in fishermen groups’ formation and capacity building enabled SOS Sahel and the state government to explore the fishery sector as potential sector for the food security and livelihood improvements in Red Sea State. As consequences of relations created during the project implementation between communities, local government and UNIDO, the potentiality of fishery sector has been recognized at the state strategy. Thus, both the state government and EU considered the fishery sector in Suakin locality as the most potential sector that need additional investment to contribute effectively to the state food security as general and specifically to the livelihoods of fishermen at the locality level. This project has enabled SOS Sahel Sudan to be key player on the fishery sector in Red Sea State. Thus, the state government selected SOS Sahel to implement a 4-year programme funded by EU targeting mainly small holder producers in fishery and horticulture sectors.

(2) The current project is a-four year project started in January 2014, covering Suakin and Gunob & Olieb localities. The project budget is € 5,000,000 funded by EU and the main implementing partners are SOS Sahel International UK, SOS Sahel Sudan, State Ministry of Agriculture and Arba’at Development Association (ADA), a local NGO which provides a model for other ‘umbrella’ CBOs in the area.
The project Strategic objective: Increased productivity and income for rural smallholders in the State of Red Sea, the project responds to the Small Holder Component for Red Sea State and it focuses on developing two livelihoods prevalent in the Red Sea State:
Horticulture and near-shore artisan fishing, as a means of increasing food security for around 5,400 households.

The expected results of the project are:
· Improved practices and techniques for horticulture and fisheries applied
· Appropriate inputs and technologies for horticulture and fisheries available and used
· Increased access to, and use of, services (financial services, traders, etc)