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Agriculture in Somalia

With the collapse of the Somali state in 1991, public agricultural research ceased to function and remains non-existent up to the present day. Many of the former researchers are now working abroad or with aid agencies currently operating in the country. Donor-funded agricultural interventions are undertaken largely by international and non-governmental organizations with very little input from agricultural researchers, yet there is a wealth of existing research information that can usefully guide both policy-making and programming. There is now increasing interest on the part of the aid community both to encourage Somali expatriates to engage in the rehabilitation of Somalia1 and to work more closely with Somali civil society2. The proposed project will work with the Somali Agricultural Technical Group (SATG) to identify modalities through which existing information from agricultural research can catalyse policy processes in Somalia.