Somalia: Agriculture, Climate Change and Food Security Talks kick-off in Mogadishu

14The Somali media for Environment, Science, Health and Agriculture (SOMESHA) overjoyed the successful opening of the first national Conference on Agriculture, Food Security and Climate Change at Somalia South-Central None State Actors (SOSCENSA) conference hall on Saturday march 23, 2013 and previously scheduled to be from 23 to 24 March 2013 in Mogadishu, Somalia.

Organized by SOMESHA in collaboration with Somalia Young Doctors Association (SOYDA), Benadir Livestock Professional Association (BENALPA) and Somalia Social Workers Association (SOSWA) and hosted by Somalia South-Central None State Actors (SOSCENSA).

SOSCENSA projects manager Mr. Abdullahi Mohamed Shegow and SOMESHA Secretary General Mr. Daud Abdi Daud were officially opened the conference at around 9:00AM on Saturday march 23, 2013 at SOSCENSA conference hall in Mogadishu. More than ten (10) civil society organizations from various regions in Somalia were attended the meeting.

“First of all, I’ have the right to say thank you so much for your vast participation. Since then, on behalf of SOSCENSA let us all celebrate the World Water Day marked on yesterday march 22, as typically recognized to celebrate each year at Global level “said Mr. Abdullahi Mohamed Shegow, SOSCENSA projects manager

“Each year on March 22, the member states of the United Nations observe World Water Day to focus attention on the importance of freshwater and to advocate for the sustainable management of Earth’s precious freshwater resources. In December 2010, the United Nations General Assembly declared 2013 as the United Nations International Year of Water Cooperation. The objective of the year is to raise awareness of the potential for, and value of increased cooperation in relation to water”. Mr. Shegow added

Discussions are still continuing, and participants agreed the existence of unresolved challenges nationwide since the collapse of military government in 1991. The problems such as cash-crop failures, poor market, poor infrastructures and lack of adequate knowledge among farmers and traders were among the spots shared.17

Somalia continues to suffer from food insecurity and Climate change dilemma’s and is not included in the World Bank’s Doing Business Indicators; widespread corruptions endemic and criminal enterprise activity flows unimpeded in urban and rural areas. The lack of effective governance and institutional strength will constrain Somalia’s ability to develop and implement a coherent economic development plan that includes sustainable agriculture.

17Somalia is a nation has potential well enrich rivers as poverty is a vicious circle from which it’s extremely difficult to emerge. Poor households have no savings or assets to use as investments in new ventures, they have no access to credit and failure may cause further indebtness or starvation.

Participants will discuss tomorrow water management system, the public health impacts from the prolonged climate change in the country including water born diseases, effects of climate change and crop production. As they were discussed on Saturday they will also continue how they can advertise and advocate using “Biogas” system to enhance trees safety.

Roadmap for Action will develop as a ‘living document’ to mobilize action for achieving climate-smart agriculture as a means to enhance sustainable productivity and incomes, resilience to climate change and carbon sequestration.

For more information or details you can be reached Mr. Daud Abdi Daud of SOMESHA on +252616349997 email: daauud27@yahoo.com or Mrs. Sucdi Dahir Dirie of SOSCENSA on +252616002296 email: adminofficer@soscensa.org

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