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Somalia: drought and rising costs take hold

Briefing/policy papers

Written by Leigh Mayhew, Sarah Opitz-Stapleton

Hero image description: Farmers walk tens of kilometers to search for pastures in Guidimakha, a pastoral area with adverse climatic conditions, facing persistent poverty, high rates of food insecurity and shortfalls in agricultural production. Image credit:Sylvain Cherkaoui/DFID/ECHO/ACF Image license:CC BY-ND 2.0

This brief is the second in a series highlighting the challenges facing people from different livelihoods in three sites in Somalia - Burao (Togdheer), Galkayo (Mudug) and Jowhar (Middle Shabelle).

The brief continues the line of inquiry outlined in the report Livelihoods, Conflict and Mediation: Somalia (Opitz-Stapleton et al., 2022).

The economic, environmental, political and social contexts at the local, national and regional levels are continually evolving, and regional to global events such as the economic repercussions of Covid-19 are being felt at the local level. In this brief, we aimed to capture how pastoralists, agropastoralists and farmers are coping with and adapting their livelihoods to this dynamism.

Authors: Leigh Mayhew, Ibifuro Joy Alasia, Sarah Opitz-Stapleton, Ibrahim Ali Dagane, Isaac Mbeche, Muzzamil Abdi Sheikh, Samaha Yusuf Nor, Abdiaziz Mohamed Harir, Abdirahman Said Hassan, Obioma Egemonye