The Plan and how we executed it.

About eight years ago, around 50 Durduri local community members started farming. They established local farming associations to enable them to develop their productivity levels and share resources. These associations allowed the farmers to support one another through both the farming and harvesting process.

Solar panels in a farmer’s farm.

Adeso distributed solar panels to 30 farmers and installed the panels in two phases. The first (1st) phase involved the installation of solar panels for five (5) farmers. And the second phase for twenty-five (25) farmers.  Adeso also distributed seeds and tools, with additional funding and projects, to the farms in order to support their work.

Prior to the seed distribution, Adeso conducted a seed test for cash crops such as onions and tomatoes. To ensure the soil was suitable for salt soil and hot climates, a seed test involving the market analysis and consultations from various local and outside advocates was done.

Adeso conducted multiple training for the farmers who are still farming today. One of these training even included a cross-learning opportunity with other farmers in the region such as the Hamas village near the Erigavo area. Adeso also successfully rehabilitated roads for easy cross visiting and access market for products to ensure that crops were also being able to be sold and marketed by the farmers

Mohamud Abdilahi, one of the farmers said “Adeso rehabilitated roads to our farms enhancing access to the market and customers. They have facilitated training on planting and harvesting our production for appropriate time since we are mainly farmers and we need encouragement and assistance. Adeso has not only worked with farmers but also assisted the community with unconditional cash transfers and income generation grants for Women groups in the area.

Khadija, another local farmer, also shared that Adeso has impacted this area not only agricultural but also environmental. They are taught how to protect our environment and conserve the coastal area. Adeso also encouraged them to stop charcoal burning and have planted sea lagoons.

Farmers’ testimonials about the solar panels.

Solar power is used to irrigate the farms to get double benefit since it is pollution-free, it is renewable clean power that is available every day and reduces the expense of using fuel. The farmers shared with us how they benefitted from the solar panels and the impact that came with them.

Mohamed Ali is the chairperson of the Farmers Association in Durduri and a farmer as well. He shared, “The first date palm in Durduri was distributed by Adeso. They gave a guide on how to plant and generate income from our harvest. This would then help us provide for our households. Our last harvest was affected by locusts but I still salvaged some to be able to provide for my family. We use solar power panels to fill our berkads (open water tank) as a form of water storage from shallow wells which is the backbone of our products like date palms and cash crops,”

Omar is one of the community elders and a farmer who was originally a pastoralist. When severe drought struck, he lost his livestock and moved to Durduri. That is where he gained awareness about farming. “ I started to dig a shallow well then prepared to plant seeds of date palm. Later, Adeso provided the solar power panels that I used to pump water from the shallow well and stored it using berkads. They also provided different seeds training and planned cross-learning sessions from another farmer of the region. This time I’m a really experienced  farmer and I have benefited more from my farm”

Adeso worked with the coastal community in Sanaag and Durduri community for the last 10 years. Adeso strives in strengthening the community by not depending on aid but instead using natural resources to benefit the environment and living standards of the communities.