As another drought bites the Horn, 12 million face food shortages in Kenya, Ethiopia and Somalia
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As another drought bites the Horn, 12 million face food shortages in Kenya, Ethiopia and Somalia

With as little as one-quarter of expected rainfall received, widespread drought conditions in the Horn of Africa have intensified since the failure of the October–December rains, FAO said. Areas of greatest concern cover much of Somalia, northeast and coastal Kenya, southeast Ethiopia as well as the Afar region still to recover from El Niño induced drought of 2015/16, and South Sudan, which faces a serious food crisis due to protracted insecurity. Continue reading

Animal Products / ILRI / Livestock / Middle East / PIL / PIM / Report / Research / Somalia / Trade

Saudi livestock market requirements, implications for Somaliland

Livestock are the backbone of the Somaliland economy accounting for about 60% of the country’s gross domestic product, 70% of employment opportunities and 85% of export earnings, and about 15% of total government revenue. Despite being Somaliland’s biggest livestock export market, little is known about marketing channels, grading and pricing of Somaliland livestock in Saudi Arabia. A recent research report, sheds a light on these key issues and how they affect Somaliland exporters. Continue reading

Animal Production / East Africa / ILRI / LiveGene / Markets / PIL / PIM / Research / RMG / Small Ruminants / Somalia

Knowledge of livestock grading and market participation among small ruminant producers in northern Somalia

This article reports on market participation and producers’ knowledge of the indigenous livestock grading and pricing system applied to small ruminant marketing in Somaliland. Results confirmed the importance of small ruminants as sources of income in producer households. Knowledge about the grading system was generally widespread, and this was important for market participation. Factors that … Continue reading

Agriculture / East Africa / Livelihoods / Livestock / Markets / PIL / PIM / Report / Small Ruminants / Somalia / Trade / Value Chains

ILRI research brief says marketing information tool has improved livestock trading in Somaliland

A new ILRI research brief shows that a livestock marketing information system (LMIS) has improved access to animal marketing information and helped increase trading in livestock in Somaliland. Continue reading

Agriculture / East Africa / Livelihoods / Livestock / Markets / PIL / PIM / Report / Small Ruminants / Somalia / Value Chains

ILRI research brief reviews market participation of livestock producers in Somaliland

A recently published ILRI research brief shares findings from an assessment of animal grading and market participation among sheep and goats producers that show women are an integral part of livestock ownership and enterprise in Somaliland. Continue reading

Africa / East Africa / ILRI / Livestock / Markets / PIL / PIM / Research / Somalia

ILRI report reviews Somaliland livestock market information system

This ILRI research report appraises a Somaliland Livestock Marketing Information System (LMIS) was initiated in 2007 to address the constraint of high market information cost. The system provides information to livestock producers, traders, government officials and other development partners and is a decision-making tool for livestock sector stakeholders. Continue reading

Agriculture / Animal Production / Capacity Strengthening / Drylands / East Africa / ILRI / Livestock / Markets / PIL / PIM / Project / Research / Small Ruminants / Somalia

Reducing the vulnerability of Somali livestock communities through capacity development and enhanced market access

An ILRI project in Somalia aims to strengthen local capacity to mobilize and use knowledge from Somali livestock research in decision making. It also aims to enhance the capacities of public and private sectors to improve livestock products’ marketing and safety. Continue reading