CONCERN Worldwide Somaliland has been assisting rural communities in the Gabiley Region since 2011. This region is unique in comparison to other parts of Somaliland in that it has a relatively high agricultural potential due to a more favorable climate and soils conducive to crop production. A contextual analysis by CONCERN recommended efforts to promote appropriate agricultural technologies as they progressed in a four-year project (2012 – 2015) known as Strengthening Household Economy and Reinforcing Resilience in Somaliland (SHERRIS). They have recently engaged SATG for that technical assistance.
In early January 2013, Drs. Hussein Haji and Paul Porter conducted a site visit of the five Farmer Field Schools (FFS) established a year earlier under the guidance of CONCERN’s Mohamed Mohamud Rirash. At each site they met with FFS farmers and surveyed them on their agronomic practices. In addition, they took soils samples for chemical and textural analysis. Each FFS site is approximately 3 ha (15 qoodi) in size and involves 25 farmers. CONCERN proposes eight additional sites in 2013.
Based on the site visit and further review of previous agricultural intervention work conducted in the Gabiley region, SATG will submit a detailed report on what was learned during the visit and on how to expand the SATG-CONCERN collaboration, focusing on enhancing CONCERN’s and the FFS farmers’ competencies relative to conservation agriculture and appropriate crop production practices.