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Food Security and Livelihood

Food Security

Food security is a fundamental pillar of IHS’s mission to alleviate suffering and promote well-being among crisis-affected and disadvantaged communities. In line with our commitment to addressing the critical needs of vulnerable populations, IHS provides essential support in the form of basic food items. This crucial assistance ensures that individuals and families have access to nutritious meals, reducing hunger and improving overall health.

In addition to basic food provisions, IHS plays a pivotal role in empowering communities by providing startup inputs for agricultural and livelihood initiatives. These inputs include seeds, tools, and resources needed to kick-start sustainable farming and income-generating projects. By supporting individuals in their efforts to grow their food and generate income, IHS contributes to local economic development and self-reliance.

To further strengthen food security, IHS actively engages in linkage and networking activities, forging partnerships with local stakeholders, NGOs, and government agencies. These collaborations facilitate the exchange of knowledge and resources, ensuring that food security programs are more effective and sustainable. Through these efforts, IHS continues to make a positive impact by reducing food insecurity and promoting self-sufficiency in crisis-affected regions.


IHS places a significant emphasis on livelihood support, aiming to contribute to poverty alleviation and local economic development. The organization strives to enhance the socio-economic status of unemployed youth and vulnerable households. Through social asset building, education, and the provision of market-relevant skills, IHS endeavors to enable individuals to continue their livelihood activities and develop meaningful career objectives.

In line with its strategy, IHS tailor’s livelihood interventions based on market assessments and context-specific approaches. Entrepreneurial and business skills development is a crucial aspect of livelihood support. Beneficiaries undergo training in saving, business diversification, household asset management, and the use of digital technologies for business information and market facilitation.

IHS offers need-based vocational skills training, facilitating self-employment opportunities for youth and other beneficiaries. Upon completion of the training, on-the-job training and job placements are organized to enhance hands-on experiences and employment opportunities. The organization provides startup equipment, cash, and coaching support to empower individuals to identify marketable skills and achieve self-reliance. Life skills are integrated into these activities to enhance resilience, improve communication skills, and promote productivity in livelihoods.

 Livelihood interventions involve broader engagement with government, community structures, and other stakeholders to fulfill basic living needs. IHS establishes strong relationships and collaborates with private sectors, microfinance institutions, and local government authorities for apprenticeship training, financial inclusion, and technical support in livelihood initiatives. Trained youth and those engaged in self-employment activities are linked with hiring institutions and government authorities for employment opportunities and market access.

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