Final Report Strengthening Sustainable Pastoral and agro-pastoral Economy in Arid lands In Somaliland Project Odweine District, Togdheer Region Funded by Development Fund from January 01, 2012 - December 31, 2012
ADO had undertaken the implementation of the project aimed at contributing towards the sustainable growth of the economy and leading to the creation of new sustainable livelihood opportunities in Haahi and Asha-ado villages in Odweine District. Based on this
aimed to improve the livelihood opportunities, resilience and food security of rural communities (men, women and children) through the adoption of more productive and sustainable resource management practices that are technically feasible and socio-economically viable.
ADO commissioned field trip assessment in 2011 in Haahi and Asha Ado villages, Odweine district to identify the main problems faced by the selected target communities and to mobilize the target communities, as well as to promote community contribution which most communities depend in farming production. The assessment was carried out in the two agro-pastoral villages.
Farmer technical skills and knowledge in appropriate farming were promoted so as to increase crop production capacity, through the conduct of training workshop and extension services. Farmers’ institutional capacities were strengthened in order to enable and facilitate farming communities to make improvements in communication among themselves and knowledge sharing. The average size of farm holdings in rain-fed farms per household is estimated at about 2 hectares with large differences in the average yields in different regions due to the rainfall and soil productivity variations. The main crops grown in the rain-fed fields were sorghum, maize, cowpeas water melon and sesame that are intercropped in most parts. During this period ADO had implemented several activities in crop production farm inputs such as distribution of tillage hours and seed, improved farms infrastructure soil bunds .water Diversion, farmer’s skills promotion and development of farmer associations to advocate for their rights this new component had proved to be highly successful and will lead to the achievement of the anticipated results.