Six consecutive seasons of drought in Somaliland have led to water scarcity, depleted grazing land for animals, the death of numerous livestock and widespread hunger.

Drought is especially damaging to the pastoralist way of life as the lack of water and grazing land endangers the health of animals becomes. These sickly animals sell for a low-price in the markets, which means lower incomes for families and less opportunity to purchase food and overcome the food crisis that they are in.

World Renew and its local partner World Concern are combating this food insecurity by helping 2,000 families (14,000 individuals) through a variety of programs including:

  • mobile money transfers for food
  • cash-for-work projects
  • improving livestock health
  • providing new livestock to herders who have lost their animals
  • and improving grazing land for animals through fodder and medicinal-tree planting.

In addition, a network of trained, community-based animal health workers will be created to sustain the overall well-being of livestock populations. Management of rangelands will also be improved to provide more grazing land for livestock. This project has been made possible, in part, through World Renew's membership in the Canadian Foodgrains Bank.

For the cash-for-work program, men and women from target communities will work in groups of fifty people on community projects that improve grazing land for livestock. Households that provide labor on these projects for 15 days per month will receive cash  in exchange for their work.

This project is specifically designed to ensure that men and women benefit equally. Participant registration lists will contain the names of men and women in the household so that both can collect the wages from the Cash-for-Work activities. Women will make up 40% of the village committees. The Cash-for-Work program will work around women’s schedules and there will be special provisions at the work sites to ensure that women with children are included.