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ANOTHER DROUGHT IN THE GEDO REGION OF SOMALIA

VSF- Suisse, 16.05.2019

The Gedo region in Somalia is on the verge of a drought, because so far it has received only very little rain from the country’s most important rainy season. According to the FAO, the “Gu” rainy season, which normally lasts from April to June, accounts for about 75% of the country's annual rainfall. Its absence therefore has serious consequences for the people and animals in the region, especially agro-pastoralists. This year some regions have not experienced any rainfall at all, while other regions of the country had only light precipitation. As a result, parts of the Dawa River, which in Somalia is an important waterway, have dried up completely. The only way to get water for the local population is thus to dig up and drain the sand from the riverbed. The weakest livestock have already died, and the number of internally displaced people in the neighbouring regions has risen.

 

 

We have been working in the region for many years. In our activities, we concentrate on ensuring food security and minimising the risk of crop failure and livestock loss in emergency situations, such as this one. An example of how we work in these situations is the LLRP project, which has been extended several times due to recurring droughts. You can find out more about the project here.

 

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DIRECTLY FROM THE FIELD: A CAMPAIGN TO AVOID CONFLICT BETWEEN SEDENTARY FARMERS AND AGRO-PASTORALISTS IN TOGO

VSF- Suisse, 03.04.2019

 

In West Africa, for many agro-pastoralists –so-called "transhumant" peoples—the season of migration has begun. Similar to Swiss farmers who in summer move their livestock to the alps to benefit from the lush mountain pastures, transhumant groups around the world follow a pattern of seasonal migration. They migrate to different grazing areas because their local pastures only provide sufficient food during a specific season.

 

However, the borders of these grazing areas are often not clearly defined and can even stretch across different countries. In recent years, cross-border migration of transhumant peoples in West Africa has repeatedly led to tensions between sedentary farmers and transhumant agro-pastoralists. The reason is that both groups lay claims to the same territory and natural resources, such as water and grazing land.  

 

In the region of the Abdoulaye forest in Togo, where VSF-Suisse has been working for years, transhumant migration has also constituted a problem in the past. As a result, conflicts between transhumant and sedentary farming groups arose. This year, VSF-Suisse has taken measures to facilitate a peaceful coexistence of all parties.

 

Click here to find out more about these measures.

 

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