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.
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.