Food Security and Livelihood

Why Food Security and Livelihood?

  • The right to food is a human right. We don’t simply deliver food parcels, but we enable people to be self-reliant to access their right.
  • We want to equip the most vulnerable civilians with skills and vocational training, so they can access the labor market. We are gender sensitive and inclusive in our response.
  • Secure and sustainable livelihoods are indispensable to foster resilience and help civilians to overcome a crisis.


When the Syrian government withdrew from all basic services after the outbreak of the war, a large part of the Syrian population was left unemployed. As many had been dependent on governmental jobs before the war, their know-how on how to establish alternative livelihoods is widely missing. Entire communities suffer from a lack of training and employment opportunities, while the besiegement forces them to stay trapped in desperate situations.

Women, people with disabilities and the youth face the greatest restrictions to accessing the labor market. Mothers often become the sole breadwinner of the family, while having to protect their children from recruitment by armed forces.

Civilians need to be able to create sustainable livelihoods to socioeconomically overcome the war and reach food security. Emissa places a high priority on equipping the most vulnerable parts of society with skills and knowledge to make a living, and responds with a variety of livelihood projects in central and northern Syria.

Our Approach

  • Vocational training, to equip civilians with the skills and knowledge needed to access the labor market.
  • Sustainable agriculture projects, to enable communities to produce their own food and secure resources to generate income.
  • Livestock projects, to secure steady and productive employment options for families, to ensure access to food as well as sustainable natural resource management.
  • Financial assistance and other support through in-kind grants and micro projects.