Livelihood Support Brings Food To The Table
Published November 25, 2015 by CARSP Field Team
Mohamed holding a watermelon he has just harvested form his farm.
Mohamed Omer Huruse, is a 50 year old agro-pastoralist and father of 11 who has been living in Yubbe Village, Sanaag Region of Somalia since the year 2000.
“The past fifteen years have been difficult for my family. We lost most of our livestock due to severe droughts. Do you know what it feels like not to get enough food to feed 11 people?” Mohamed rhetorically asks. “I had to think of another way of getting income. I couldn’t watch my family’s situation worsening every day”.
Mohamed decided to start farming in 2011 so that he could provide for his family. Since , he had been a pastoralist all his life, it was a challenge for him to adjust to this new form of livelihood.
He started farming on his two-acre piece of land by planting different cash crops. He failed several times and did not get any income.
“I started the farm using borrowed money. After failing several times, I employed someone to help in cultivating. However, since the income from the farm was not sufficient enough to pay for his salary, I had to let him go,” says Mohamed.
In September 2013, Adeso with funding support from USAID/OFDA, started the Somalia Community Recovery and Economic Support project (SCORES) in the Sanaag region. The project aimed to improve access to food among the most vulnerable households, provid safe water, protect livelihood assets and build the resilience of poor households in Somalia. One of its four components included Agriculture and Food Security. Mohamed was among the 300 beneficiaries that were selected in Sanaag region.
Mohamed together with the other beneficiaries was trained on farming and crop management and then received seeds and farming tools. He made good use of the seeds and tools and realised a good harvest. He was even able to save some seeds for the next planting season. Mohamed has so far successfully cultivated and harvested two cycles of cash crops.
“The training was very useful and the seeds and tools helped me to cultivate my land. The trainer showed us practical examples of how to plant, cultivate and harvest the crops and how to prevent and cure the diseases that affect crops in the farm,” explained Mohamed to Adeso's field staff.
The income generated from the sale of the farm produce has enabled Mohamed to pay-off some of his debts. He is now able to provide for his family’s basic needs. Mohamed is determined to be a successful farmer, expand his farm and increase his produce.