Reducing vulnerability of Somali communities by raising the capacity of indigenous systems and enhancing market access and consumer welfare

The overall objective of this project is to contribute to Somalia's pro-poor livestock development. This project contributes to reduced vulnerability of pastoral communities by strengthening the use of indigenous resources and increasing market access.

The overall objective will be achieved by (1) enhancing local capacity to access indigenous and other knowledge on Somali livestock and mobilize it for decision-makers and (2) engaging industry and government in improving the marketing and safety of livestock products.  

The project focuses on institutions that enable the gains from improved trade to be better utilized in producer and consumer welfare, and in furthering the interests of women. Private-sector organizations that have emerged as the institutional drivers of the Somali economy will be assisted to provide governance. Their participation in building institutions (knowledge transfer and product standards) is compatible with private incentives and with the public roles of oversight and audit.


Specific objectives

The specific objectives of the project are to:

  • Compile indigenous knowledge and information on Somali livestock
  • Strengthen professional capacities for classification, standardization and dissemination of knowledge and information about Somali livestock