Improving Household Income Through Agriculture
Abullahi Ahmed, 35, proudly displays his watermelon crops on his farm, in Bulla Oktobar, Somalia. “I have always been looking for a way to support my family. I did not think that fruit farming in this area would take off. I am excited at the results I see on my farm. This harvest wouldn’t have been possible without the training I received from Action Africa Help International (AAH-I).”
Agriculture is the world’s largest employer with 2.6 billion people worldwide depending on it to earn a living. Still, 2.7 million Somalis cannot meet their daily food requirements due to the country’s protracted conflict. To improve food security and resilience, the AAH-I Somalia programme worked with partners to train 40 farmers on good agricultural practices.
“I used to work as a warehouse loader, but the salary was not enough to provide for my family. Many communities in the Gedo region engage in livestock agriculture.” Pastoralist communities exist throughout Somalia. Many are forced to multiply displacements in search of grazing lands. “We rarely engage in vegetable farming because rainfall is unpredictable and inconsistent. Thanks to the training, we have learned about pest and disease management, and most importantly, how to make the best of land conditions in our area in order to grow crops. We were also trained on nursery management and post-harvest management. This has been beneficial as it has enabled me to minimize waste during harvest. I harvest enough crop to feed my family,” continues Abdullahi.
This initiative was implemented by AAH-I in partnership with the Nomadic Assistance for Peace Development (NAPAD), with funding support from Bread for the World. The goal of the 3-year project (2015-2018) is to enhance food security and self-reliance of vulnerable households. The 40 trainees coming from various backgrounds are now better equipped to improve their household incomes.