Solar Power is a Game Changer for farmers in Durduri
Published May 17, 2017 by Muna Ali
Despite the drought that has struck many parts of the country including the coastal village of Durduri in Sanaag region. Ibrahim Aden’s livelihood in farming was not disturbed by this depleting drought. thanks to a solar panel that he received last year which provided him with an alternative irrigation option for his farm.
The farmers in Durduri relay heavily on expensive and often inefficient diesel-powered pumps for irrigation which takes up most of what they make from their farms. Introducing solar farming to the agricultural community there has benefited Ibrahim and his family a lot. Ibrahim planted a variety of crops since he started using solar irrigation and harvested several times.
Today, Ibrahim’s income from the farm is far greater and more reliable than before. In addition to that, he doesn’t have to spend money on diesel anymore, which means he can save that money for future use. The money Ibrahim makes from selling his yields is enough to meet his family’s essentials needs and to also save for his children’s education.
Ibrahim’s story is a true testimony that when a drought hits people don’t have to die of hunger and thirst. The catastrophic impact of famine can be prevented if people are better equipped and their resilience to disasters is strengthened.
"Every time we experience a drought, animals and crops die and people follow, every time! A drought shouldn't be a death sentence, my farm is the best example of that. My corps would have failed if it was not for the solar power. Then what would I feed my family?" Says Ibrahim.
Through a USAID/OFDA funded Somali Pastoral, Agropastoral and Urban Poor Recovery (SPUR) initiative in Sanaag and Mudug regions Adeso provided solar panels to 6 farmers in Durduri. The solar panels are increasingly becoming game changers for smallholder farmers like Ibrahim a promising solution to challenges like drought and water shortages.
"My whole life I have never a seen a drought that affected people this bad. Pastoralists and farmers have lost their source of living" explained Ibrahim. "If you would have told me two years ago that my farm would still produce crops during a drought like this one I wouldn't have believed you." He added with a contented smile.
SPUR targets the most vulnerable households affected by the prolonged shocks and disasters and are currently in acute food insecurity situation. The project enabled the target households to access food through cash assistance, temporary employment, and agricultural support and extension services contributing to the recovery process of the affected families. Through farming inputs and livestock extension services, rehabilitation of community water infrastructure and improving immediate access to food through cash transfers and cash for work scheme.