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Project Brief

The city of Douma is situated in Eastern Ghouta, an area that was considered the agricultural heartland of rural Damascus before the conflict. The thriving agricultural system supplied over 700,000 inhabitants with food, employment, and financial stability. With its strong livestock and fertile agricultural land, the region was able to meet the food needs of southern Syria and boasted some 100,000 cows—roughly one cow for every 22 people.

Tragically, years of conflict mean that neither Douma or Eastern Ghouta resemble their former vibrancy. Since the outbreak of war in 2011 and the subsequent besiegement of Eastern Ghouta, food security, financial stability, and the livelihoods of the thousands of residents have drastically deteriorated. The city of Douma can now scarcely meet the needs of its population. Shelling, bombardment, and siege have thoroughly wrecked its agricultural base. The soaring prices of fuel, fodder, and vital farming equipment have led to a 96.5% decrease in livestock numbers in the area in the past four years. Dairy, once a staple of the regional diet, is now either unavailable or unaffordable for most families. The consequences can be devastating and in Douma 20,000 children under the age of 5 are struggling to meet their basic nutritional needs.

Tragically, after years of conflict, neither Douma nor Eastern Ghouta resemble their former vibrant selves. Since the outbreak of war in 2011 and the subsequent besiegement of Eastern Ghouta, food security, financial stability, and the livelihoods of the thousands of residents have drastically deteriorated. The city of Douma can now scarcely meet the needs of its population, and shelling, bombardment, and siege have ruined its agricultural base. The soaring prices of fuel, fodder, and vital farming equipment have led to a 96.5% decrease in livestock numbers in the area in the past four years. Dairy, once a staple of the regional diet, has become unavailable or unaffordable for most families. The consequences are devastating: in Douma alone, 20,000 children under the age of 5 are struggling to meet their basic nutritional needs.

However, Douma’s residents and Local Council are working hard to reverse the decline that the conflict has brought upon them. In December 2016, the Local Council of Douma and the Provincial Council of Rural Damascus jointly launched the Cow Farm and Free Fuel project to bring food and economic activity back into the area. By repairing damaged dairy infrastructure and introducing an additional 55 heads of cattle into a newly designated 5.5-hectare open-air enclosure, the project will restore vibrancy and dignity to Douma.

As part of the project, three fully equipped barns have been constructed and furnished with milking devices, while water pumps have been installed to provide the cattle and surrounding farmland with water. Brand new solar panels and biogas facilities have been installed to make the farm self-sufficient, helping to ensure its sustainability.

Even under siege, communities are demonstrating resilience, finding ways to survive and improve their daily conditions. Funded by Expertise France and commissioned by the Department for International Development, this project is key to revitalizing the region’s dairy industry, ensuring that people have access to affordable and nutritious food, and reinstating confidence and employment in the area.

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