It’s late afternoon, the sun is low and I can feel the heat off the coast, but the discomfort is worth enduring because I am eager to see the good work Warsame Mohamed and his fellow villagers are doing in...
“Peace is a journey of a thousand miles, and it must be taken one step at a time.” Lyndon B. Johnsons When you first meet Abdikani Farah and Haji Abdi, their wit and friendly banter would not let you in...
Pastoralists are known for their seasonal migration, and it’s a typical scene in Somalia to see them journeying with their families and livestock searching after water and pasture. Despite being a typical journey, it’s one that is far from easy,...
One upon a time Hubera was a fertile valley under Badhan district of Sanaag region in northern Somalia. Historically, the valley was one of the most productive and life-sustaining grazing spots in the region as it hosted thousands of pastoral...
With Every Piece of Land Reclaimed, Hope is Restored
Decades ago Sagaarogaleen was a green habitat for many animals, particularly pastoralists’ livestock which grazed and roamed this land. However in the 1970s, the entire region was hit by an acute drought that devastated the residents, their livestock, and the environment.
Solving Environmental Issues Through Customary Laws
Over the last two decades, and since the collapse of the Somali central government in 1991, the need for sources of income, and the absence of environmental protection regulations have provided the perfect conditions for illegal logging and charcoal production to thrive in many regions of Somalia.
Bosaso Greening its Way Out of Environmental Degradation
“Two decades of conflict, political instability, and recurring droughts have worn out the land and the people. Over time, the land has become drier and the rainfall scarce. For a country whose population largely depends on livestock, this is devastating,” explains 16 year old Jama Ali.
The Child to Child Teaching Approach – Sharmarke’s Journey
“Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.” –Benjamin Franklin
As Mr. Franklin so adequately put it, ‘involve me and I learn” which is exactly what Adeso’s child to child teaching approach sets out to do.
Witnessing Changes in Rangelands and Livelihoods in Somalia
Meet Dahir Esse Warsame, a 51-year-old pastoralist living in Puntland, Northern Somalia. For over thirty years, Dahir has witnessed the degradation of his surrounding environment. The valley that once served as a prosperous grazing land is now a desert, negatively affecting pastoralist livelihoods.
This valley was a place where pastoral nomads gathered to bring their livestock. It was full of pasture and vegetation, but due to the poor rains, prolonged drought, and overgrazing, the valley has changed. It is now a desert and full of gullies, he explains.
Over the past two years, Adeso has been working with Dahir and other community members to help restore the environment. Heavy machinery and labor-intensive Cash for Work activities are used to construct stone diversion structures, also known as rock dams. These help to divert, spread and detain water to restore pasture lands. Community members, who are mostly pastoralists like Dahir, have been enlisted in the Cash for Work activities.
“We are not only benefitting from the work by restoring the land, but we are also receiving an income,” says Dahir.
Dahir explained that with the long rains starting, the community is already starting to witness changes to the environment, “I have never seen water going into this valley. The water is reaching areas that haven’t received water in over 30 years!”
As the rangeland is slowly changing, Dahir and others, are able to feed their livestock, earn a living, and in turn feed their families. They are also learning how to care for their environment for years to come, with or without external support.
For the past two years, Adeso’s teams in Somalia have been working across more than 100 sites in Puntland, in the country’s northeast. The aim is to reduce hunger and food insecurity by promoting sustainable use of the region’s natural resources, including through the reduction of gully erosion and surface run-off, which can cause poor pasture in grazing areas, especially for families dependent on livestock.