We are developing knowledge and experience in fighting poverty. We apply the following principles to all our work:
We work together with poor people, local partners and organizations in combating poverty.
We focus on fighting against the causes of poverty, not just the results and impacts.
We have prioritized five areas of work where we can make the most difference: education, health, food security, water and sanitation, women and girls.
Although AGROCARE benefits the communities in general, it is focused towards rural deprived communities, including children, the elderly and women issues.
MAIN ISSUES DEALT WITH
Education and health: agriculture, food security, livelihoods, clean water and sanitation.
Agrocare works with vulnerable populations in Somalia to provide humanitarian support, build resilience and develop capacity of the vulnerable households and communities to put them on track to development. Like the residents of Somalia and other stakeholders.
Agrocare believes in the ability of Somalia to put behind the conflicts and disasters that have affected them in the past. Because of this belief, Agrocare works with communities and leaders to plan for long term development projects.
We are guided by human rights in our work and design and implement our programs on a right-based approach. We ensure that our activities do no harm tgo our participants, the community and other stakeholders. To achieve this, we mainstream gender and protection in all our activities and programs.
PROTECTION AND HUMAN RIGHTS
Agrocare has over the years promoted human rights for IDP’s and especially women IDP’s. Through capacity development and awareness raising we have managed to change the views of host communities towards IDP’s and have them respect IDP’s and view them as a resourceful group that will help build the community.
Towards this end, women leaders, community elders, teachers and students have been trained on human rights. Working with community and religious leaders, Agrocare has established legal clinics to provide a redress and arbitration system for human rights violations.
In partnership with UNHCR, Agrocare conducts continuous population movement racking (PMT) and protection monitoring (PM); these act as early warning systems for stakeholders on the push and pull factors in movements and displacements, and also trends in insecurity and protection issues, From these, stakeholders are better prepared to deal with emergencies and to design more effective interventions.
Environmental protection provides livelihoods opportunities
Provision of shelter to households affected by disaster is important in humanitarian assistance because shelter provides protection and security especially to vulnerable women and girls who are at a higher risk of GBV in the absence of shelter.
Agrocare continues to be active in providing shelter and NFI’s to vulnerable IDP’s and host communities in Somalia.
Agrocare has participated in advocating and planning for the inclusion of dignity as part of an intervention in shelter and NFI’s. Under UNOCHA’s common humanitarian fund (CHF), the provision of women dignity kits was actualized.
In the past, environmental protection was not factored in humanitarian support; the urgency of humanitarian needs meant that the environment took a back seat.
However in a country like Somalia where internally displaced persons are in hundreds of thousands, and all these IDP’s use wood fuel to keep prepare food and keep their shelters warm, environmental protection had to form a key component in humanitarian activities.
Agrocare under the auspices of UNOCHA’s CHF is currently piloting the distribution of energy saving stoves to IDP’s in Mogadishu. Apart from distributing the stoves.
Agrocare is leading a social marketing campaign to promote the use of energy saving stoves throughout Mogadishu and Somalia in general.
To prevent vulnerable communities from slipping back to humanitarian crisis, Agrocare understands that food security and livelihoods of the vulnerable populations must be developed and safeguarded. Over the years, Agrocare has worked with agro pastoralists and riverine communities to gether with partners such as FAO and UNOCHA, to provide access to food through food distribution and distribution of agricultural inputs.
Rehabilitation of infrastructure both for increased food production and access to markets has supported the livelihoods of the participants and improved food production and access to food markets by the communtiies. Under the rehabilitation of infrastructure programs, Agrocare has worked with agro pastoralists and riverine communities to rehabilitate irrigation canals, strengthen river embankments and recapped roads in Hiran and Middle shabelle regions.