Food security and Agriculture

Bani’Adam believes that, improvements in agricultural productivity can be a corner stone for the development of rural economic activities. Agricultural growth creates employment directly and, with it, incomes and capital for sustaining non-farm rural activities are gained. Bani’Adam often looks beyond farming, to include off-farm income opportunities, but also human development and other factors that may hinder hunger and poverty reduction.

About Us Bani'Adam

Water sanitation and Hygiene

Water sanitation and Hygiene

Bani’Adam Relief and Development Organization over the years, has identified the reduction of poverty and hunger as overarching goal for economic growth and stability of communities in Somalia. To be food secure, Communities, households, or individuals must have access to adequate food at all times. Bani’Adam understands reducing hunger and food insecurity is an essential part of Somalia development agenda. In the last two decades Bani’Adam has dedicated massive resources towards the sector focusing on rehabilitation of agricultural infrastructure and directly supporting farmers.

This is not surprising given the well-known fact that South Central Somalia was and is still the bread basket of Somalia. Nearly three-quarters of food production in Somalia is generated from farming activities in the south. We know that the poor in Somalia live in rural areas, and the rapid increase in urban poverty is in part explained by the decline of agriculture and the rural sector. The rural face of poverty, human misery and hunger in South Central Somalia is now well established. Many of the rural poor are subsistence farmers or landless people seeking to sell their labor in the farms.

They depend on agriculture for their earnings, either directly, as producers or hired workers, or indirectly, in sectors that derive from farming. Trading, transportation and processing involve large numbers of small entrepreneurs and are necessary for agriculture but, at the same time, such entrepreneurs depend on farming activities for their survival.

Bani’Adam and partners combines the promotion of broad-based, sustainable agricultural growth and rural development, with targeted programmes to ensure that hungry people who have neither the capacity to produce their own food nor the means to buy it can have access to adequate supplies. Bani’Adam recognizes that agricultural growth does not always have a strong impact on poverty and food security.

The potential of agriculture and rural development for reducing poverty and promoting food security varies according to the relative importance of agriculture in the livelihoods of the poor and the potential of the sector to grow in a way that increases returns to the assets held by the farmers. This fact always guides Bani’Adam to focus on activities that are sustainable and have greater impact.

Key Activities

Some of the key activities Bani’Adam implements in Agriculture sector include;

Water sanitation and Hygiene

  • Rehabilitation of canals to enhance irrigation farming.
  • Distribution of quality seeds to target communities.
  • Supporting farmers to increase land under cultivation.
  • Producer farmers’ capacity building.
  • Rehabilitating roads and culverts to increase market access for farm produce.
  • Encouraging mixed cropping that combines food and cash crops with cover crop legumes, crop and livestock (including fish) integration, and the introduction of perennial crops.
Snapshot of Bani’Adam Agriculture program