Organizational Background


Agricultural Development Organization – ADO – was established in 1993 in Burao with a focus at the time on relief and rehabilitation in order to assist the returnee population who had their homes and livelihoods destroyed during the civil war in the 1980s. Since its establishment, ADO has expanded its activities and has ventured into early recovery and development. ADO has its Head Office in Hargeisa with the regional branch offices in Burao, Borama and Erigavo of Togdheer, Awdal and Sanaag regions.
ADO is an active member of the main local umbrella groups, namely, NAGAAD and Solpaf and Sonsef. It also strongly collaborates with the Environment Network, Human Rights Network, and Food Security Network. Currently, the organization is in close partnership with UNDP, ISF, OCHA/CHF, NOVIB and Development Fund (DF) and Pharo Foundation. A rights-based, pro-poor and people-centered methodology is the core philosophy inherent in ADO’s development approach. ADO’s approach is an innovative community-based participatory learning approach aimed at empowering marginalized groups to be engaged in areas that affect their lives. Throughout all the stages of the project cycle, our approach is a bottom-up process; it is a community-driven and people-centered approach. Our belief is that good governance, human rights and democratic principles need both vertical and horizontal support.
This paradigm requires developing effective linkages and strengthening meaningful relationships at different levels (national, sub-national and local levels).



ADO envisages a productive and self-reliant society living in healthy environment where citizens have good quality of life and equal access to national resources.



Agriculture Development organization is non-governmental, non-profit seeking organization that endeavors to promote agricultural sector, farmers’ capacity and environmental protection and conservation in order to empower and improve livelihood conditions of the poor agro-pastoral community in Somaliland through rights-based approach.

Values and Principles


ADO aspires to a professional service in program design and implementation with all the stakeholders including partners, beneficiaries, government and other development actors. ADO values development-oriented programs to ensure sustainability of institutions and interventions for poverty eradication especially those targeting vulnerable and marginalized groups in Somaliland. The below mentioned values are identified and established as the guiding principles in implementing the strategic plan of ADO: These are:
 Respect for cultural values of the community
 Respect for the rule of law and human rights
 Promoting community participation and empowerment
 Transparency and accountability
 Promoting gender equity
 Commitment to excellence in service delivery
 Focus on disadvantaged segments in the community.

Geographical Coverage’s


Regarding the geographical coverage, the organization regularly operates in the four regions in Somaliland, which are Maroodi-jeex, Togdheer, Sanaag and Awdal and extends assistance to communities living in these regions. ADO currently has its Head Office in Hargeisa and two regional offices in Burao and Erigavo. All the offices are well established with 31 professional staffs that have capability, knowledge and high experts in Agriculture and Livelihood sectors. This has made it possible for ADO to work with a number of international and UN agencies inside and outside the country and successfully implemented over 100 projects in different sectors throughout in Somaliland.

ADO’s Strategic Objectives


Strategic Goal: Contribute poverty reduction and make agriculture, Livestock and fisheries more productive and sustainable.
Strategic Goal: Enhance environmental protection and conservation and promote effective natural resources management practices.
Strategic Goal: Empower rural communities for resilience and mitigate effects of emergencies on rural communities.
Strategic Goal: Promote gender equality, women’s reproductive health right and contribute to prevention of HIV and AIDs