Crop farming allows Deka Mohamud earn a living
Published November 25, 2014 by
Lack of knowledge, poor farm inputs, and sometimes lack of water, have greatly discouraged Afmadow farmers in Somalia from growing crops. Deko Mohamud Warsame Aden and other agro-pastoral families have however returned to crop farming after Adeso offered her farm inputs and technical training.
Deko, a widower and the head of a family of six, lives in Afmadow town, in the Lower Juba region of Southern Somalia. As a participant in Adeso’s Cash Assistance and Recovery Support Project (CARSP) funded by USAID, she received six unconditional cash transfers of US$60 over a period of six months. In addition to that, Deko was among 356 agro-pastoral households offered technical training on farming and farm inputs (farm tools and seeds).
As a result of the training and farm inputs, Deko started growing maize and vegetables on a one darab (acre) rain-fed farm on the fringes of Afmadow town during the last dry season. She harvested 250kgs of maize crops, 2000kgs of tomatoes, 300kgs of beans and 50 heads of watermelon, which she has sold to the local community.
“I have harvested for the first time since I was trained and provided with seeds and farm tools, and made a big profit from selling my produce. I have made a profit of US$500 and hope it may rise to US$1000. My family’s fortune has changed for the better,” she said.
"Now I have regained hope and can run my own livelihood of farming, which I trust will also contribute to my own life and that of my family,” she added, feeling very happy that she no longer has to beg in the streets and sell wild fruits, which used to sustain her family of six. Deko uses the profits to cover her family’s basic needs and to maintain and enlarge her farm.
“Our community have neglected for a long time to cultivate their lands because of lack of farm inputs and use of improper agricultural practices, but now, thanks to Adeso, a lot of families are returning to grow crops,” said Deko.