Greetings from Puntland, Somalia!
We are enormously grateful for your support of the project "Give Clean Water & Energy to 350 Somali Families". We want to share with you some exciting updates on the progress made.
In the months from July 2022 to October 2022, we had a lot of work accomplished.
Two of the many smart technologies introduced by the project will be soon ready for use, that are the date solar dryers, the construction of irrigation infrastructure (Bubbler irrigation system, Installation of solar and shallow well protection)
We keep on moving forward despite all the challenges, but we need your continuous support to continue the implementation of this exciting project!
Construction, distribution of Dates Solar Dryers
CEFA selected ICARO, developed by the Polytechnic of Turin, as the finest master model of solar dryer to be adopted by the FSSFS project. Solar dryers are, in fact, one of the key climate-smart technologies adopted and distributed by the project, in order to improve the quality of dates post-harvesting process. ICARO was designed to load at least 50 kg of fresh product and process 1,600 kg/year, which is the maximum recorded farm production of dates.
CEFA, in collaboration with Somali private sector, carried out the construction and testing of 9 Icaro units in the months of August and September 2022, working on a master model built in Italy, under the technical training and supervision of Polytechnic of Turin expert. They were distributed to farmers in different districts of Puntland, officially starting the functioning of the Dates Processing Units in Jibagalle, El-Dahir, and Meladeen,
On September 2022, the CEFA organized a post-harvesting capacity building on small-scale dates processing units, attended by 17 farmers from the Bari region and 17 farmers from Nugal Region focused on the functions of the solar dryer and demonstration of the processing, from washing, sorting, grading, sealing and labeling, so as to demonstrate to farmers how a solar dryer operates and how the whole processing facility works.
Support to communities for rehabilitation of degraded rangeland resources (pasture reseeding, strategic water points, the introduction of environmentally friendly and palatable tree species) in Ufayn and Qaararsoor villages in the Bari region
The Natural resource management component of the FSSFS project includes the introduction of a holistic approach for sustainable management of rangelands and rehabilitation of degraded rangeland resources, where Planned Grazing is used for livestock to be in the Right Place, at the Right Time, for the Right Reason. It is a concept and practice that embraces all available productive resources within the rangelands.
On July, the staff of Veterinaires sans Frontieres Germany (VSF-G) started Cash for Work (CfW) activities for local communities’ capacity building aiming at reducing the loss of water and fertilizing layers of the soil and introducing environmentally friendly and palatable tree species. The activities involved 90 beneficiaries in Ufayn and Qaararsoor villages in the Bari region and were successfully completed at the beginning of August 2022.
The objective is to sensitize on existing plans, rules and by-laws governing access to and sharing of rangeland resources in critical ecosystems.
Start construction of irrigation infrastructure Phase 2 in 6 sites in Nugal and Bari region
The contract start date was on 12th October, 2022. The contractors embarked on the process of preparing the necessary documentation in readiness for site mobilization. The contractors moved to the site as scheduled and were joined by the supervising team.
Construction of Irrigation infrastructure phase 2 location and description of the works:
All six (6 No.) Project sites are located in Puntland-Somalia: Rababble, Shimbirely, Jibal-Garowe, Jibagale, Barokhle, and Meladeen
In particular, the main works to be undertaken by contractors and to be supervised by the consultant comprise the following:
1. Construction of Irrigation Network, Shallow well protection, and solar works in Rababble and Shimbirely- Puntland, Somalia
2. Solarization of Borehole and Shallow well in Jilab-Garowe and Barokhle Puntland, Somalia
3. Construction of Irrigation Network in Jibagale and Meladeen - Puntland, Somalia
The sites were handed over to the contractors between the 8th to 11th of October. During the handovers, the contractors were introduced to the beneficiary individual and/or community together with the consultants and other stakeholders. The specific site handover briefs are presented in the following sub-sections.
Furthermore, CEFA kept providing an On-Job Training Programme to build local Engineering capacity. Each contractor has two (2 No.) sites and therefore is assigned two (2 No.) trainee Engineering students per site i.e., 4 students per contractor.
Contractors, through the Project Engineer, are expected to train the students based on the ongoing works. Among topics expected to be covered in the training are site management, budgeting, Recordkeeping, mobilization of personnel and equipment, transportation of material, how to make various requests and approvals, how to prepare Interim Payment Certificate and its submission, surveying, earthworks work, concrete works, electro-mechanical works, reporting and presentations, pump and solar panel sizing, various irrigation and solar technologies, etc.
World Food Day
World Food Day is recognized and celebrated every year in the world on 16th October in honor of the date of the establishment of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations in 1945.
The Puntland Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation, with the extraordinary participation of the Puntland President, commemorated World Food Day on the 16th and 17th of October, gathering partners, NGOs, farmers associations and cooperatives, and all the actors engaged in food security and livelihood sector, to promote, encourage and work together to develop a sustainable resource management and food production mechanism for over 4 million population in Puntland.
On that occasion, CEFA had the opportunity to take part in the event with the active role of presenting solutions that CEFA is introducing, through the implementation of the FSSFS project, on the Date Value Chain, date palm farming, and date palm production, processing, and marketing in the framework of the two main topics, which were “Global Food Security Trends and its Impact in Somalia” and “Transborder and local pest and how to mitigate and irradiate”
Please keep supporting us in seeing this project take over and giving more sustainable access to clean water, energy, and food to Somali families!
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