As a result of the recent river flood in Jowhar, farmlands were destroyed and the crops were washed away by the flood. The worst affected areas are four villages inhabited mainly by the Jareer tribe (Somali Bantu), a predominantly peasants (small scale farmers), discriminated and regarded as one of the minor clans in Somalia. Victims are particularly mainly women-headed households (the poorest of the poor) who suffer lack of cash to prepare their farmlands to produce food for their children.
The main challenge which this community particularly women headed households in Jowhar, is facing is a lack of food and cash to prepare their farmlands. The beneficiaries of the project will be mainly women and children but also elderly people living under female-headed families since men in Somalia are often either jobless or died in the long term civil war in the country. After the completion of the project, women beneficiaries of this project will be able to send their children to schools.
This project is community-driven and risk response initiative whereby community management committee (CMC) is an implementing partner with SOVA, while the organization's experienced emergency staff will work hand in hand with the CMC. The project will entail 200 acres of land which will be prepared for 200 Women farmers with the distribution of seeds (Maize, Sesame and Cowpea). The women farmers are expected to produce some extra food within four months enabling them to earn badly needed cash.
The long-term effects of the project will be to enable 200 women farmers in four villages outside the town of Jowhar, Somalia, to gain sustainable livelihood through producing some extra food during the harvesting period from the project investment in their farmlands which was already destroyed by the river flooding disaster of last year. In addition to that, women will be able to send their children to school after earning some cash from the agriculture produce.