Figure 1: Participants visiting the Off-Grid Box
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 November 2022 to February 2023 we had a lot of work accomplished.
We keep on moving forward despite all the challenges, but we need your continuous support to continue the implementation of this exciting project!
Peer to peer Learning event in on Climate Smart Technologies (OffGrid Box) Eldahir
The CEFA local Champion Abdirahman Said delivered training on the utilization and functions of the OffGrid box, the learning objective of this program was:
- Gaining practical knowledge of the functioning and use of the pilot Off Grid Box technology:
- Adoption of the OGB technology for irrigation and productive uses in date palm production
- Utilization of the OGB technology to supply clean drinkable water and affordable electricity
- Using the OGB to support the drip irrigation system
The participants appreciated that the OGB has brought an intervention that provides clean drinkable water to the community which is free from the impurities that would cause health challenges to them. Discussion among the community members were based on how to package the clean water in bottles such that it could be sold in the local markets.
The OffGrid box brings a significant transformational impact on local economies through provision of drinkable water to the community around. Off Grid Box has a modified, innovative solution that utilizes off-grid energy solution. The green method uses renewable energy sources and reduces emission of GHGs, it is also cheaper in the long run due to minimized cost of fuel and provides a potential to use harnessed energy for other purposes
Donor Support Mission and Official Launch of Off grid box Puntland Somali
On December 10, 2022, the IFAD Country Director for Somalia made his first mission visit in Puntland for the first support implementation mission for FSSFS Project. The Country Director was accompanied by CEFA FSSFS project manager and consortium coordinator. During the mission, he visited El-Dahir (OGB, DPU + solar dryer, Drip irrigation System) to conduct an off-grid box launch event and a walking tour of the farm to monitor the various activities supported at the farm by FSSFS. The mission team began its walking tour in the field by paying a visit to an off-grid machine site. A technician from the SADAR service provider installed the off-grid machine and explained to the team the whole operation of the off-grid machine, including different parts and functionality, then the team proceeded to the farm site to see ring-shaped irrigation installed in the palm orchard. This is a new system that was induced into the farm and piloted by the FSSFS project to be replicated by other farmers if success was achieved by the pilot. Before concluding the farm walking tour, the team headed to the date palm processing unit, where the landowner demonstrated different parts of the DPU and how it operates by taking the team through the whole process of the date palm value chain, from washing, grading, sorting, weighing, packaging, labeling, and pricing. A mission concluded with the inauguration of the off-grid box in the presence of the Eldahir Farmer Committee, the Bari Governor, the Armo Mayor, the Bari Police Commissioner, the FSFSFS Focal Point, and the MoAI Minister
Irrigation Infrastructures rehabilitation and construction work (wells rehabilitation; pipes laying; solar-powered drip and bubbler irrigation systems installation)
The construction and rehabilitation work of the irrigation infrastructure continued during the reporting period. The second phase of irrigation work started in seven sites in the Bari region. The construction work began in Reyiheshay, Hilkat, Karin Ago, Karin, and Hamur in Bari region As well as Anoyaskah and Jibaxo in Nugal region. CEFA contracted Himilo to construct 100-meter cemented canal in Hilkat and rehabilitate another 100-meter canal in the same site. The company was contracted to construct 100 meters of cemented canal and spring protection and rehabilitation. East Engineering was also contracted for the construction of 100 cubic meter water storage tank and 250m long pipeline in Karin Ago and the installation of an irrigation network (bubbler irrigation system) in Anoyaskah. Bilson Company was contracted to construct cemented canal (200m) and rehabilitate 200 meters of cemented canals in Karin. Further, the company was contracted to rehabilitate 4 (80m3, 70m3, 150m3, and 78m3) masonry water storage tanks. In the same site, the company constructed 3 (50m3), water storage tanks. Som dream Company was contracted to construct cemented canals (200m) and rehabilitate 200m canals and construct a 50m3 masonry water storage tank in Hamur. SECCO was contracted to construct 1 protected shallow well and install of water pump and solar system in Anoyaskah and Jibaxo. Additionally, the company installed a submergible pump and solar system, and a 50-meter pipeline in Karin ago.
Importation of date palm seedlings and Distribution
During the reporting period, Yield Pro Company delivered the first batch (1st December) of date palm seedlings to Karin Nursery in the Bosaso Bari region. The consignment had 5 different varieties of date palm seedlings. CEFA's field team confirmed the receipt of 4,768 (1,188 Majhool, 188 Khalas, 891 Barhi, 1,204 Zamli, and 297 Ghanami- male variety). The team checked the status of the data palm seedlings one by one, rejecting 33 Khalas varieties with defects that will be replaced by the company and included in the next delivery. After the offloading of the new arrivals, the seedlings were irrigated.
On the same note, the second batch (29th December) of date palm seedlings (2893) consisting of five varieties (712 Majhool, 730 Khalas, 545 Barhi, 725 Zamil, and 181 Ghanaian males) was delivered to Jibaxo tree nursery on 29th of December 2022. A date palm field officer and field coordinator closely follow the offloading of the recently arrived seedlings to confirm the status of the seedlings. The team confirmed the receipt of the seedlings without defects. The receipt of the second batch included 33 date palm seedlings agreed to by the company to be replaced during the first batch delivery. The seedlings were later transplanted into the pots (delivered). In the process 12 casual laborers were involved. The casuals worked under the supervision of the date palm team leader. The pots were filled with a mixture of soil, sand and manure at a ratio of 3:2:1. The distribution of the seedlings is begun, so far 3,200 date palm seedling distributed to target beneficiaries , the second distribution phase is expected to start in May 2023.
Training IDPs on horticulture production and food handling practices demonstration
In the reporting period, the FSSFS project embarked on training 600 of the 1600 internally displaced persons targeted for training and introduction of the nutrition sensitive agriculture. CEFA trained more 598 (130 male, 468 female, 285 youths and 313 non-youth) internally displaced persons in 3 camps in Bari region during the reporting period. Overall, the project outreach for internally displaced persons on nutrition-sensitive agriculture interventions is 1557 persons representing 96.0% of the targeted group. The IDPs were theoretical and practical trained, in 2 days-training, on different topic related to water conservation and home gardening with a focus on Nutrition-sensitive activities and food security. In particular, the contents of the training were: (i) introduction of home gardening at a theoretical and practical level; (ii) irrigation system; (iii) land preparation; (iv) seed sowing and spacing; (v) pest and disease control; (vi) weed protection; (vii) thinning. The training was facilitated by 4 facilitators, 3 from CEFA staff and 1 co-facilitator from the Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation.
figure 2: A technician explaining OFGbox
Figure 3: Delegation at Off grid box In Puntland
Figure 4: Monitoring of date palm seedling
Figure 5: Arrival new date palm seedling
Figure 6: Construction of storage tank
Figure 7: Construction of new canal
Figure 8: Theory training on NSA
Figure 9: Practical Training on NSA