Pastoralists wait to have their livestock vaccinated against parasites and other diseases, near the village of Bandar Beyla, Puntland, Somalia. ©FAO/Karel Prinsloo

A new partnership between FAO and the Qatar Fund for Development targets food insecurity in Somalia


$1.7 million Qatari contribution aims to enhance smallholder agriculture and livestock production through climate-resilient anticipatory action.

Efforts to help vulnerable rural communities in Somalia achieve food security and build up resilience towards climate change have received a boost thanks to a new partnership between the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the Qatar Fund for Development (QFFD), the state’s public development institution.

A $1.7 million contribution from the QFFD will kickstart the partnership with FAO, which was signed today. The parties will collaborate to help improve water access and management, and train smallholder farmers and herders to address the challenges of climate change, as well as anticipation of and reaction to extreme weather conditions. These joint efforts are estimated to benefit 78,050 households, equating to some 468,300 people. Special attention will be paid to ensuring the inclusion of poor, vulnerable, and marginalised groups, including women and youth. 

Somalia is highly vulnerable to recurrent shocks – including severe droughts and floods – and climate change is resulting in more frequent and intense climatic events. Combined with poorly functioning and managed water infrastructure, the effects are even more dramatic. These shocks have led to continual disruption of livelihoods, increased vulnerability, and poverty, resulting in acute hunger and malnutrition.  

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