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Issue 435 -- May 29- June 04, 2010

Front Page

News Headlines

U.S. Is Said To Expand Secret Actions In Mideast

Somalia Pirate Attacks Up From Last Year

Local and Regional Affairs

Somali Diplomat Concerned About Texas Terror Alert  

Somalia Militia Attack Kenya Village 

'Pirates' Claim They Were Just Fishing For Sharks... With Rocket Launchers 

Somali Terror Member May Be Heading To Texas 

Investigation Opens Into German Mercenaries In Somalia

Prosecutors Demand 7-Year Sentences For Piracy


The Status Quo Is No Longer Acceptable In Buhoodle

Features & Commentary

Istanbul Declaration

International News


Ethiopians Vote Meles Zenawi Counts!!!!

Riyale Is Unwilling To Recognize Or Identify With The Feelings And Needs Of Others

IFAD Program Will Assist Somaliland Farmers And Pastoralists

Hargeysa, Somaliland, May 29, 2010 (SL Times) – A program to assist farmers and pastoralists will begin in Somaliland. The program will be financed by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and is expected to cost $6.5 Million. The Somali language newspaper Haatuf which is a sister publication of the Somaliland Times interviewed the Director of the IFAD program for the Near East and North Africa, Dr Nadim Khouri. According to Dr Khouri, about 53,000 families in Awdal and Hargeysa regions will benefit from this project which will be implemented by TRANSTEC.
“I came here to work on a plan in which the IFAD, Belgium’s basic survival needs fund and funds collected by Somaliland’s farmers will all collaborate to improve Somaliland’s agriculture. We will be spending $6.5 million on this project which will take 4 years. We are part of the United Nations and the beneficiaries of the program will include small farmers, fishermen, pastoralists and the landless,” Dr Khouri said.
IFAD will also focus on helping farmers and pastoralists to procure clean water and to get the skills and know how to adequately feed their livestock and increase their output.
“IFAD had carried out another project in Somaliland, two years ago, and after evaluating that project, we started this second project,” said Dr Nadim Khouri.
Here are some of Dr Khouri’s answers to Haatuf newspaper’s questions.
Haatuf: How much will be altogether spent on this project?
Khouri: $6.5 million.
Haatuf: Which regions will benefit from this program?
Khouri: Awdal and Hargeisa regions will benefit from this project with a total of 318,000 individuals or 53,000 families living in 160 locations.
Haatuf: What are your future plans for Somaliland?
Khouri: We base our plans on need, and as long as the people of Somaliland believe were are standing with them and helping them, we will continue to do so.
Haatuf: Somaliland frequently suffers from drought and pastoralists complain about water shortages, do you intend to build water reservoirs?
Khouri: Yes, finding clean drinkable water in times of drought is part of our project, and we will build reservoirs at the appropriate places but what is also important is that people learn how to make optimum use of water. Yesterday I went to Abaarso, Taysa and Gabiley; I asked people what they wanted, and they said they wanted clean water and medicine, and we always give priority to what people need. I was accompanied by IFAD’s representative in Somaliland Mr Tawfiq Al Zabri, Rose who represents the Belgian Fund, Dr. Mohanad Al-Asad the director of TRANSTEC who is in charge of this project and Hans-Juergen an official with TRANSTEC.
Haatuf: Finally, what message do you want to send to the people who will benefit from this project?
Khouri: My message is do not leave your farms and the countryside because many people in Somaliland are leaving their farms and the countryside and are coming to the cities; and to make people stay on farms and the countryside is one of the main reasons for which IFAD was established.



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