In 6 years of ongoing conflict, Syria’s economic situation has deteriorated and created diminishing economic, physical and psychological resilience. The deterioration of social service infrastructure, depletion of markets, and rise in poverty and unemployment have greatly minimized income generating opportunities. An estimated 69% of Syrians are living in extreme poverty, surviving on less than $2 per day. And household food insecurity has been exacerbated by the 40% decline since 2012 in land under cultivation.
In 2017, SRD implemented a capacity-building project to support both the Livelihoods and Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) needs of farmers and local communities in Southern Syria through the rehabilitation of wells. Farmers were provided with seeds, tools and operational support to help them better achieve sustainable income. Vulnerable households received assistance in establishing kitchen gardens to grow their own food and information on good nutritional practices. SRD also rehabilitated a damaged water irrigation network and conducted workshops for local community council members in irrigation management, budgeting, and finance, in addition to integrated protection education on humanitarian principles and human rights.
In an effort to reduce economic vulnerability, provide livelihoods support, and increase the resilience of households in Southern Syria, SRD implemented a pickling project in 2017. Through this project, we helped women in Daraa produce quality nutritious food in the form of pickled seasonal vegetables, provided the women with business training, and also helped them establish connections with local marketplaces where they could sell their produce.