Drought resistance is essential as Somalia is located in a drought-prone environment and suffered some of the worst famines in recent history. Unfortunately, farming practices tend to be constrained by skill level, a lack of government extension services, few protected storage facilities, and poor roads. To improve profits and local sales USAID trained farmers and local agribusinesses in crop production and quality control. Demonstration farms were set up so that farmers could test local seed varieties in tomatoes, onions, sweet and hot peppers, lettuce, cabbage, garlic, and watermelon and learn better farming techniques. This led to increased yields and a greater variety of produce for the local market, enhancing food security.
USAID's Partnership for Economic Growth (PEG) completed in August 2015 facilitated collaboration between local governments and the private sector to accelerate economic growth, increase investment, and generate productive employment across Somalia.
USAID's new economic growth activity GEEL will work towards boosting Somali exports of agriculture, fish, and non-pastoral livestock products; reduce reliance on inputs; and increase jobs in regions recovering from years of conflict and recent natural disasters GEEL provides technical advice to non-pastoral livestock owners and institutions to improve the quality of their animals, which enables higher selling prices.
Last updated: April 26, 2016