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Somalia: The UN's Joint Resilience Programme in Action

9 July 2014 Dollow, Somalia - Three United Nations emergency directors have called for more sustained funding for Somalia nearly three year after the worst famine hit the Horn of Africa nation.

FAO Director General's first visit to southern Somalia

Director-General José Graziano da Silva visited the village of Dollow, in the Gedo Region of Somalia, to assess the situation first hand and see the work being done by FAO and its partners. Graziano da Silva emphasized that FAO will step up its current efforts in the Horn of Africa and highlighted that agriculture is a key factor in establishing peace and stability in the region.

FAO Innovation Series Part II: Crafts spoons and combs from camel bones

Nothing goes to waste! 
In Part II of our innovation series, FAO Somalia goes beyond making soap from camel bone marrow. Somalis are trained how to profit from the hard-dry bones. Somali women are trained how to process camel bones, which become crucial raw inputs for arts and crafts. With skilled curving, anything can be made out of the dense camel bones. Bone crafts are handmade and bones can also be customized to produce combs, spoons, flower vases and candle holders among several other products. 

FAO launches national tree planting campaign in Somalia

he Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations has launched a national tree-planting campaign in Somalia in a bid to restore the country's fast-disappearing forest cover. The "Plant-A-Tree" campaign, which started in Hargeisa, Somaliland coinciding with the World Environment Day celebrations on June 5, saw hundreds of trees planted by dozens of volunteers.