Friday, November 17, 2017

Somalia - poor rainfall have pushed the country’s coping mechanisms to the brink

Consecutive seasons of poor rainfall have pushed the country’s coping mechanisms to the brink.

The Deyr rains forecast for 2018 is anticipated to be below average, with increased likelihood of a La Nina effect by the end of this year. The combined effect is likely to result in a below-average harvest early next year and will have far-reaching consequences including loss of livelihood, food insecurity and death of livestock.
To address this, Promoting Inclusive Markets in Somalia (PIMS) has supported Cash for Work (CfW) activities to provide cash income to sustain the affected households and communities; rehabilitate and construct canals, water catchments and feeder roads and provide an alternative source of employment for communities. Additional income from the work has helped affected households start small businesses and invest in productive assets.
“The work we are doing here came right on time when the drought struck us… the money we earn has helped people in many ways….most of the people have collectively saved to start small businesses……My animals died due to drought, however, I’m saving my earnings… to buy new animals”
The CfW activities has also enabled the rehabilitation of irrigation canals and grazing land. It has also improved market access through repair of feeder roads. To date 2,700 hectares of grazing land areas have been rehabilitated which is expected to provide fodder to at least 7,000 animals. The rehabilitation of 57km long irrigation canals has opened up over 2,300 hectares of new farmland for sesame, maize and other crops.

Funded by UKaid PIMS aims to improve productivity, competiveness and long terms jobs through support to the functioning of markets in selected sectors including livestock (dairy) and crop production (sesame), fisheries and poultry.
Source: UK in Somalia