Drought resistance is essential as Somalia is located in a drought-prone environment and suffered some of the worst famines in recent history. Unfortunately, farming practices tend to be constrained by skill level, a lack of government extension services, few protected storage facilities, and poor roads. To improve profits and local sales USAID trained farmers and local agribusinesses in crop production and quality control. Demonstration farms were set up so that farmers could test local seed varieties in tomatoes, onions, sweet and hot peppers, lettuce, cabbage, garlic, and watermelon and learn better farming techniques. This led to increased yields and a greater variety of produce for the local market, enhancing food security.
USAID provides technical advice to livestock owners and institutions to improve the quality of their animals, which enables higher selling prices. USAID also advised the Somaliland Veterinary Board, the regional institution dedicated to animal health, on how to make better quality and accurate prescription of veterinary drugs more available.
Last updated: May 10, 2013