Twenty years of food aid in southern Somalia have left farmers bankrupt and the country aid dependent. Over the next 30 years, climate change will become the biggest challenge facing the Horn of Africa and will threaten the lives of hundreds of thousands of Somalis.
The only solution to Somalia’s food security crisis is to develop local agriculture, and this food must be grown intelligently and efficiently to compensate for these conditions.
The Dr. Hawa Abdi Foundation is the only organization in the region developing cutting edge sustainable agricultural solutions.
We are building a reliable farming system by implementing low-cost and low-tech biotechnological interventions. These interventions will help the camp become self-sufficient and independent from aid, as well as hopefully serve as a model for agricultural sustainability for the entire country.
The key components
We are currently conducting a pilot study of this tree at the Hawa Abdi Village. The Moringa Oleifera tree has rightfully earned the name the “Miracle Tree”. Its seeds contain six times more iron than spinach, higher calcium than milk, more potassium than banana, and its leaves are 27% protein. In Africa, it is becoming a groundbreaking food source to help counter malnutrition in children and nursing mothers, and prevent imminent starvation. On top of their superior nutritional value, seed proteins of Moringa trees can also disinfect and clear turbid water, reducing the levels of harmful bacteria by 90-99%. Lastly, the tree is fast growing and extremely resilient.
Multi-cropping single strand agriculture
In order to ensure a continual food source for the camp, we are implementing a pesticide-free multiple cropping system of companioning crops. The intensive cultivation of these crops will use an indigenous method of organic farming.
By fortifying milk with essential nutrients, namely DHA, we aim to reduce deficiencies of micro-nutrients and improve dietary regimes.
Our Goal in 2013
- Jump-start our 6-hectare plant nursery project employing smart farming techniques, which will incorporate a diversity of plants such as Moringa oleifera, lemon, banana, papaya, sesame, sorghum, and local legumes.
- Drill a borewell and reconstruct the canal in order to maximize the productivity of the farmland