Drought resistance is essential as Somalia is located in a drought-prone environment and has suffered from some of the worst famines in recent history.
With the advantage of being located near the Arabian peninsula, Somali traders have increasingly begun to challenge Australia’s traditional dominance over the Gulf Arab livestock and meat market, offering quality animals at very low prices. In response, Gulf Arab states have started to make strategic investments in the country, with Saudi Arabia building livestock export infrastructure and the United Arab Emirates purchasing large farmlands.
According to USAID, farming practices tend to be constrained by skill level, a lack of government extension services, few protected storage facilities, and poor roads.
AAMIN is working as a catalyst in the agriculture and food security value chain by supporting communities in the following ways:
Research in drought resistant crop varieties for farmers to grow in their own farms for subsistence and commercial gain Giving basic farm inputs for farmers to grow crop in their own farms.
In future, we plan to give microloans for farmers to engage in value addition as this will improve returns and raise their standards of living.
AAMIN also plans to set up a demo farm where different crop varieties can be tested before giving them to farmers.
Somali exports of agriculture, fish, and non-pastoral livestock products.
To help nurture this activity, AAMIN plans to provide technical advice to non-pastoral livestock owners and institutions to improve the quality of their animals to help further boost their income.