Somalia Agriculture is Road to Recovery, Water scarcity dire looms

Somalia is experiencing its worst drought crisis in a decade, with millions going hungry and being forced from their homes in search of food and water, says Save the Children.

The impact on families is being felt more severely this season due to the result of multiple, prolonged droughts in quick succession, a worsening security situation, desert locust infestations, soaring food prices, reduced remittances – and less money committed by donors to respond.

“The humanitarian situation in Somalia continues to deteriorate rapidly. Last week in Dollow, I witnessed the consequences with after visiting new IDPs and health centers. Acute malnutrition is about to increase unless we scale up our response plan in a major way” Said Hon. Abdirahman Abdishakur Warsame who the presidential humanitarian envoy in an twiter dispatch

In 2021-2022, through USAID-Somalia funding, FAO has been able to reach 2952 males and 2426 females in Puntland with Cash-for-Work and Unconditional Cash Transfers to enable them meet their immediate basic needs.

Somalia is under humanitarian dilemma as most in Middle-Shabelle region is deteriorating. Agricultural production has declined and livestock are dying due to lack of water and pasture and the river receded Says SOMESHA.

On the other hand, SOMESHA impressed by the work the Dhusamareb Cooperatives is undertaking in their environment to promote urban agriculture. Their vertical farming sample is a good model for uptake by other institutions & households to contribute to food security through urban Farm.

Somali Special Envoy for Droughts also said “hilarious title. My advice to you is to talk, encourage, and create conditions where local people can become self-reliant rather than becoming dependent on foreign and NGO aid”.

On June 22, 2022, FAO and the institutions of the Federal Government of Somalia met to agree on the transition process for transferring FSNAU and SWALIM functions to the government. FAO assists with strengthening Somalia’s national institutions for economic development and resilience to future challenges.

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