For over 20 years, Somalia has faced civil war and subsequent clan conflicts which interrupted basic services to the Somalis. The country has also been struggling with recurrent climatic shocks such as droughts and floods with increasing frequency. One consequence is that a large part of the population is affected by food crises. According to the FAO, 860,000 people suffer from food shortages.
Since the collapse of the central government in 1991, provision of higher education has been nearly nonexistent especially in veterinary medicine. Most of the senior veterinarians left the country to seek asylum abroad. Clan conflicts and harsh conditions in pastoral areas have forced those who remained in the country to move to urban centers.
- Food security and
- One Health
- livestock production
On the ground since: 2000
Operational presence in: Gedo region and Somaliland
Number of projects: 4
Key partners: Emergency Pastoralist Assistance Group-Kenya (EPAG-K),
South West Livestock Professionals Association
Current projects Somalia:
Reference projects Somalia:
Our program manager for East Africa, Frédérique Darmstaedter, informed on June 9th at the radio program CQFD on RTS about various questions regarding the current desert locust plague of the century in the Horn of Africa. We are very gald that we were able to draw more attention to this catastrophe!
This is a first success – but we will continue to fight for more visibility to the plague!
The Lifesaving and Livelihood restoration project and the related Somalia Monitoring and Learning Project aim at improving the livelihoods of vulnerable communities.
The beneficiaries of the projects are farmers, low-income and vulnerable households, but also disadvantaged social classes such as households headed by women.
While the whole world is currently focusing on COVID-19, the unprecedented plague of locusts in the 8 countries of the Horn of Africa (Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, Southern Sudan, Uganda and Somalia) is being pushed into the background.