AFRICAN DEVELOPMENT BANK FUNDED LIVESTOCK MARKET IS EXPECTED TO ALLEVIATE POVERTY AND IMPROVE the LIVELIHOODS OF PASTORAL COMMUNITIES IN SOMALILAND.
Through the Drought Resilience and Sustainable Livelihoods Program (DRSLP-II), the Somaliland Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries Development inaugurated a newly built Livestock Market, a regional veterinary laboratory and three veterinary ambulances for livestock treatment in Borama.
The market facilities will play a significant role in the government's efforts to build the resilience of Somaliland's pastoral and agro-pastoral communities.
DRSLP-II, which includes the construction of livestock markets, boreholes, and feeder roads, was funded by the African Development Bank Group (AFDB) through the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) and implemented in Somaliland by Save the Children.
The programme also renovated and built new facilities in the main Hargeisa livestock market.
Save the Children Representative in Somaliland, Abdinasir Sahal said:
"The overall goal of this program is to help reduce poverty and increase market opportunities for local communities hit by recurring climate-induced droughts. The programme also has several components to building the resilience of the communities in Somaliland. The programme invests in natural resource management, market access and trade, livelihood assistance, and capacity building."
"Through these interventions, the programme will benefit about a quarter million people in Somaliland.
H.E Saed Sulub, the Minister of Livestock and Fisheries Development, said:
"Livestock facilities constructed in Borama livestock market include the livestock market, veterinary laboratory, and quarantine centres for livestock."
" This is a significant investment for a critical economic backbone for the programme, and we appreciate the programme's contribution toward reducing poverty and building resilience in Somaliland communities.
"I also appreciate and thank IGAD and African Development Bank for funding this crucial program."
The Drought Resilience and Sustainable Livelihoods Program (DRSLP-II) is financed by the African Development Bank (AfDB) and implemented in Somalia and Somaliland, where over 1,505,959 people and their 4 million animals will benefit from this project.
The project is geared towards building resilience and sustainable livelihoods for pastoral and agro-pastoral communities in drought-prone areas of Somalia and Somaliland. The overall goal is to contribute to poverty reduction and accelerated economic growth on a sustainable basis in Somalia and Somaliland. This will be achieved by investing in natural resources (water, pasture) management, integrated land management and ecosystem restoration and protection, and rebuilding agricultural and livestock infrastructures. The medium and long-term goal of the programme is to stabilize the pastoral and agro-pastoral production systems and improve the livelihoods and resilience of the production systems.