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1,276 households supported with tractor hours for their farms as drought recovery.

Sunday, July 10, 2016 - 12:36

Now as it rains, families like Hinda are looking forward to farming their land but due to the droughts their capacity to pay for tractor rental and other materials for farming has reduced. Actionaid is supporting families in the hard hit areas by the El Nino that resulted in prolonged droughts.

 Provision of tractor hours is one of our priority programmes in the areas. We support families with tractor rental so that they can plough their farm lands.  Hinda a 45 year of mother is among the beneficiaries of our support. She lives in Gogol Wanaag, a small village which lies 36km north-west of capital city that was one of the hit villages from the droughts causing crop failure and livestock losses.

the yield should be enough for the family for a year if it doesn't fail; I am expecting around 50 sacks of sorghum with 7 tillage hours

 ActionAid has provided Hinda two tractor hours to till her farm. Thanks to the rain this season, her family can again farm their farm. Sorghum is the main crop grown in the Hinda’s farm and her family depends on their farm and livestock as their livelihoods. Hinda said the yield should be enough for the family for a year if it doesn't fail; I am expecting around 50 sacks of sorghum with 7 tillage hours”. The harvest is mainly to feed the family and she stores some for seed for the next year.

 Other than the crops, stalks of the crops are also important for Hinda’s family mostly stalks are for livestock but sometimes we sell in order to generate extra income for the family. “I am grateful for ActionAid for its timely response both in the emergency time and during farming period. We are grateful for ActionAid for the tillage support; we could not have paid it all”.

 ActionAid support came as a response for the villagers as they have drained household incomes during the drought and they were not able to afford tractor hour all by themselves. Total of 2,550 tillage hours are provided to 1,276 families. Good harvest is expected this year that will contribute resilience on the drought if it reoccurs.