Africa’s agricultural production is up 160% over the past 30 years, far above the global average of 100%. However, it remains a net importer of food, although it has 60% of the world’s uncultivated arable land.(World Economic Forum 22 Jan 2016 Davos)
In Ethiopia, agriculture contributes 33.5% of the GDP and accounts for 66% of total employment (World Bank, 2019).
FAO estimates that Ethiopia’s potential irrigable land amounts to 2.7 million hectares. This enormous potential, however, remains largely undeveloped with only approximately 31% of this area being equipped as of 2017 (FAO AQUASTAT Ethiopia Report 2021).
In Somaliland, official data remains unavailable but various sources estimate agriculture’s contribution to GDP at 60%. Like many African countries, over 90% of agricultural activities are rainfall dependant, employing basic farming techniques leading to low productivity – it’s in this shortcoming that the Foundation sees potential
In Somaliland, the majority of farmers utilise traditional farming methods, which are characterised by low input and low output. The Foundation’s approach for increasing agricultural productivity is to focus on improving agricultural techniques and inputs to increase output as well as focus on capturing rain water for irrigation farming. The Foundation is working to reduce dependence on rainfall and instead utilise modern drip irrigation techniques by capturing rainwater.
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NW Gabiley Agriculture Programme, Somaliland
The North West Gabiley programme aims at improving the livelihoods of Agro-pastoralist communities through the promotion of good agricultural practices and the introduction of conservation farming. The major activities include construction of soil bunds in erosion prone areas, introduction of surface water harvesting for drip irrigation, supply of farm inputs as well as continuous capacity enhancement extension services. The second phase of the programme includes the promotion of animal feed production and the introduction of improved animal breeds with the aim of improving livestock quality and production in the region.
BGRS ILDP agriculture programme, Ethiopia
With the aim of improving income and livelihoods of households in four kebeles (villages) of Menge district, the Foundation has been implementing an integrated livelihood programme since 2017. The core component of this programme is increasing agriculture production and productivity, through the introduction of good agricultural practices and improving access to farm inputs and market.
In the first phase starting in 2017, 220 hectares were cultivated benefiting 257 households and the project increased the average yield of maize – the major stable food for the region- from 8 to 42 quintals while that of sorghum improved from 7 to 25.The gross income per hectare now stands at 47,000 Birr from 8,000 Birr before the project.