Supporting farmers in Hirshabelle

In Balcad, Beletweyne, and Jowhar SSF is implementing economic development projects that target the agriculture and livestock sectors. In Jowhar, the European committee for Training and Agriculture International (CEFA) is implementing a livelihoods diversification project for rural families that support nutritional sensitive agriculture (NSA); beekeeping; and sesame production.

Ismail Hassan Muhumed is one of 300 farmers in Jowhar who were provided with agricultural inputs and training on good agricultural practices by CEFA. Local communities also received training on irrigation and canal maintenance to avoid water wastage.
Here, Mohamed Ali Siyad, a field supervisor for CEFA shows the sesame demonstration farm set up through a public private partnership between Filsan seeds and CEFA to demonstrate good agricultural practices in sesame production.

Many farmers in the district village saw significant losses this planting season when the GU rains failed and water for irrigation was scarce.  CEFA’s farmers have also faced challenges accessing sufficient water to irrigate their crops, but farmers supported by CEFA have still managed to maintain, if not improve their harvest.

Mohamed Yusuf Hussein shows off his cabbage harvest.
Farmer prepares the field in Jowhar, Hirshabelle State of Somalia.

As Dahir Ali Mohamed, 54 a sesame and pulses farmer from Garash village in Jowhar district explains, “Like most of the farmers in the area of Jowhar I adopted the flood irrigation, flooding my field to grow the crops. The cost of sesame seeds was 1 US dollar/Kg and I could afford a bag of 28 Kg to plant them in my plot. I used to sow the sesame seeds randomly without following any techniques on spacing; this is the reason why a great quantity of seeds was wasted. The average yield was 320 Kg of sesame” explains Dahir. “Now I have learned that by following the right techniques, only 6kg of sesame seeds per hectare are required. Following the advice and technical support of CEFA field officers and consultants, the total yield reached is now 640Kg/ha. My income has increased and I have earned 640 US dollars by selling my harvest.” 

Farmer Hassan Abdi, a beneficiary of SSF training and support program holds cabbages harvested from his farm
SSF supported farms in Jowhar, Hirshabelle State of Somalia.

The midline assessment also found that through a fair beneficiary selection process, particularly supporting the marginalised clans the project has contributed towards peace and stability in the district. As one farmer explained, “This project supported and contributed towards peace in our district in many ways. One example is that this is the first time that  beneficiaries were selected from the marginalised clan. According to the district administration this has in turn had a positive impact on community perceptions of the local authority as not discriminating by any clan.

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