The wealth of Somalia is perhaps depleting irreversibly in the 21st century

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Monday January 31, 2011 - 09:51:24 in News & Events by Super Admin
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    The wealth of Somalia is perhaps depleting irreversibly in the 21st century

    The combined effects of Global Warming and consequently Climate change made our society’s habitat highly vulnerable to recurrent droughts. Land resources are intensely degrading, due to combined effects of both man-made and natural disasters. C

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The combined effects of Global Warming and consequently Climate change made our society’s habitat highly vulnerable to recurrent droughts. Land resources are intensely degrading, due to combined effects of both man-made and natural disasters. Communities exert intensive bush clearing either for charcoal and firewood or for farming and enclosures as well as they mis-manage their livestock species to overgraze marginal rangeland resources and reduce drastically the vegetation cover and consequently narrow the bio-diversity in the area.

Such tragedy will directly affect the livelihoods of almost 60 to 70% of the Somali population, who are mainly engaged in livestock sector.  Animal industry in Somalia gives livelihood support and employment opportunity to pastoralists and agro-pastoralists as well as export earnings and GDP to the nation. 

The Somali wealth, the land base and its livestock species are diminishing to the extent that its rangelands may not sustain the livelihoods of its inhabitants. Number of Livestock species drastically reduced in the Shabelle Valley not only due to drought situation prevailed but perhaps also to the political unrest, lack of national plan and persisted low capacity of the pastoral community to cope with any adverse conditions encountered.

Management should have been at the centre of all the factors required to challenge adverse situations. Therefore, Benalpa Veterinary teams in the Shabelle Valley and in Mogadishu put their efforts to mitigate with the famine situations and help communities to replenish their dying productive livelihood assets in Mogadishu and the Shabelle Regions.



Benalpa have decided to initiate challenging the situations with lunching of small scale emergency livestock species treatments in and around Mogadishu city with the aim of helping pastorals to save their productive livelihood assets and to advocate for the drought affected communities to recover from the tragedy sustainably.

In the program the under listed activities were integrated

·         Livestock disease and production counseling and extension

       ·         Livestock species treatments

       ·         Local and international Media coverage

       ·         Contacts with key community members and well respected persons

The outcomes of the intervention were substantial in number of livestock species treated, pastoral and agro-pastoral HH given to counseling on animal disease situations and lobby and advocacy skills performed properly by Benalpa management members.

Table: Shows livestock species treatments

 

Regions

 

 

Cattle

 

 

Camels

 

 

Sheep

 

 

Goats

 

 

Donkeys

 

 

Total treatments

 

 

M/shabelle

 

 

100

 

 

70

 

 

125

 

 

 70

 

 

5

 

 

370

 

 

L/shabelle

 

 

  50

 

 

60

 

 

60

 

 

 50

 

 

6

 

 

226

 

 

Mogadishu 

 

 

400

 

 

30

 

 

80

 

 

110

 

 

4

 

 

624

 

 

Totals (heads)

 

 

550

 

 

160

 

 

265

 

 

230

 

 

15

 

 

1220

 

 

 

The processes of the activities are shown below as photographs:

Vet team assesing animal diseases

 







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