ActionAid Somaliland in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture and the Governor of Gabiley Region handed over irrigation equipment to 25 farmers from cluster of 21 villages.
Hashi Abdilaahi, ActionAid Project Manager, indicated that ActionAid had supported to increase agricultural and food production through improving water sources. In 2015, 27 shallow wells with machines and pipes, 15 earth dams and 5 sand dams were constructed. In addition, 400 spray pumps for fertilizers were distributed, 300 meter of soil bands was constructed, 2,250 tractor hours were provided to poor smallholder farmers, 345 meter of gabion lines was installed and 1600 meter elephant grass was planted.
Hashi added, “ActionAid has also worked on capacity and skills development of 1,680 farmers last year through trainings on agricultural techniques and marketing of agricultural products, creation of 46 farmers’ networks and farmer platforms in cluster of 20 villages.”
Ali Abdi aka Ali Ase, the Vice Governor of Gebiley region, thanked ActionAid’s effort to work with the communities in the region. He stressed the Government commitment to continue to collaborate with ActionAid to carry out interventions in education, agriculture, establishment of community revolving fund, promoting women participation in decision making and challenging gender based violence.
ActionAid is grounded and responds to the needs and aspirations of the communities that we work with - i.e. people living with poverty.
Saani Yakubu, ActionAid Country Director, stated, "ActionAid is not just responding, ActionAid is grounded and responds to the needs and aspirations of the communities that we work with - i.e. people living with poverty." He called for continued collaboration with the government and its agencies as well as the communities.".
Saani also announced that ActionAid has secured 60,000 USD fund to respond to the droughts. The plans relief distribution has already to shared with NERAD, MOA, OCHA, NGO Consortium and other stakeholders.
Abdilaahi Ismail Farah, Director General of the MOA who graced the occasion thanked ActionAid Somaliland for their engagement. He emphasized the need for the tractor hours in the coming months as the last year's rains failed and the people would really need such support to survive. He also urged the farmers to make good use of the items provided and become self-sufficient.