To strive for peace and prosperity through sustainable agricultural development (Read more...)

SATG is a registered non-profit association of Somali professionals and friends of the country dedicated to assisting in the reconstruction of Somalia and its agricultural heritage. SATG was established to provide sustainable home-grown solutions to alleviate the rampant food shortages caused by conflict and the lack of agriculture and food policy.

SATG draws upon a mix of both practical and scientific expertise that trickles down to the grassroots. All work and studies undertaken by SATG have real world practical applications. These studies are conducted in key target areas working in co-operation with partners and local farmers.

Agriculture including livestock is the backbone of the Somali economy. Pre-war figures indicate that 67% of the country’s GDP came from Livestock, agriculture and fisheries. SATG envisions a future where agriculture will not only play a crucial role in reconciliation and rebuilding in Somalia but be a key component in the rejuvenated Somali economy. This will go a long way towards solving both social and economic problems.

Mission: To strive for peace and prosperity through sustainable agricultural development.

Goals

  • Conservation: Safeguard the institutional memory of Somali agriculture, particularly in times of statelessness or civil strive.
  • Development: Assist agriculture communities to access appropriate and affordable agricultural technology.
  • Education and Research: Assist in re-establishing and sustaining agricultural education and research centers.
  • Networking: Cooperate with international, national, regional, and local communities in the sustainable development of Somali agriculture, and conservation of the natural resource base.

SATG is open and dedicated to expanding its network of practitioners and professionals devoted to the building of sustainable agriculture in Somalia. With the help of information technology SATG has been able to bring together stakeholders from all over the world interested in improving agricultural processes in Somalia. SATG facilitates these online discussions, and documents the results and outcomes.

Through this network we have managed to tap into expertise from various parts of the world and adapt or facilitate solutions pertinent to the Somali agricultural industry.

This network continues to provide historic documentation of plant genetic resources, best production practices, soil and water conservation, post harvest and storage practices as well as policies and regulations on agriculture practices.

Board of Directors

Dr Hussein Haji

Dr. Hussein Haji

SATG Executive Director and former plant breeder for agriculture and agri-food Canada (Nairobi).

Hussein Haji, Ph.D., has served for twenty years with the Ministry of Agriculture in Somalia. He worked as Senior Researcher and a lecturer of Genetics and Plant Breeding at the Somali National University. He has also served as the coordinator of the national sorghum improvement program and director of the central agriculture research station. He travelled to Canada where he obtained his Ph.D. in Genetics and Plant Breeding at the University of Guelph. Soon after his graduation, he joined Agriculture and Agri-food Canada, where he served for 10 years as a lead scientist in the tobacco breeding and biotechnology department. During his service, he developed both open pollinated as well as hybrid varieties of tobacco using state-of-the-art technologies. While working with Agriculture Canada, Haji joined other agriculture professionals in founding the Somali Agricultural Technical Group (SATG).

Dr Richard Jones

Dr. Richard Jones

Chief of Party, SSTP Project (AGRA). Former Agribusiness Team Leader, IFDC (Nairobi).

Richard Jones, Ph.D., is an agronomist by training and an internationally respect expert on farming systems, seed dissemination and smallscale agribusiness. He began his career in Botswana in 1981, where he was posted by the British Government to work on a smallholder farming systems research project. His research helped improve crop productivity in two important production areas: using post-flood residual moisture in the famous Okavango Delta, and rain-fed agriculture in surrounding areas on sandy soils typical of the semi-arid tropics. It was here that he first began working on millet, sorghum, groundnuts and cowpeas and learnt to appreciate the hardiness of these crops. In 1989, he was awarded a Ph.D. from Reading University. His thesis compared the two types of farming systems in Botswana.

Dr Mohamood Nur

Dr. Mohamood Nur

Former Vice Minister of Agriculture in Somalia and a consultant for the World Bank (Washington DC)

Since he retired from the World Bank in 2004, Mohamood Abdi Noor, Ph.D., has worked as an agricultural consultant. He studied at the University of Arizona (BSc), University of Wyoming (MSc) and University of Massachusetts (Ph.D.) in plant breeding (1963-1970). He started his career after completing his studies in U.S. universities as a post-doctoral fellow at the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture, Nigeria, (1970-71). He went back to Somalia and became Head of the Central Agricultural Research Station (1971-73), Dean of the Faculty of Agriculture and Vice-President of the Somali National University (1973-80) and Vice-Minister of Agriculture (1980-90). In June 1992 he joined the Special Program for African Agricultural Research (SPAAR), at the World Bank and retired from the World Bank as Senior Agriculturist.

Dr. Julie A. Howard

Dr. Julie A. Howard

Former Chief Scientist in the United States Agency for International  Development.

Dr. Julie Howard formerly served as the first Chief Scientist in the United States Agency for International Development’s Bureau for Food Security, where she directed the agricultural research, policy and human and institutional capacity development programs of Feed the Future, the U.S. Government’s global hunger and food security initiative.  Previously, she was Feed the Future’s Deputy Coordinator for Development, with responsibility for initiative-wide strategy and policy development, budget management, monitoring and evaluation, interagency coordination, and enhancing donor and non-governmental organization engagement.

Before joining USAID, Dr. Howard served from 2003-2011 as Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer for the Partnership to Cut Hunger and Poverty in Africa, a Washington, D.C.-based non-governmental research and advocacy organization which played a major role in identifying priorities and building support for increasing US investments in African agriculture and food security prior to Feed the Future’s launch in 2010.  She was appointed as the non-profit organization representative to the Global Agriculture and Food Security Trust Fund (GAFSP) Technical Advisory Council in 2010.  From 1994-2011, Dr. Howard was adjunct and assistant professor international development in the Department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics at Michigan State University. Her research interests include analysis of U.S. development assistance policies and programs relating to African agriculture and rural sector development; development and dissemination of improved technology, including constraints to seed and fertilizer sector development, and impact evaluation and planning of agricultural research and extension programs.  She has carried out research in Somalia, Zambia, Mozambique, Ethiopia, and Uganda.  Dr. Howard served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Dominican Republic.

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Dr. Paul Porter

Professor of Agronomy, University of Minnesota (St. Paul)

Professor Paul Porter, Ph.D., is a cropping systems agronomist at the University of Minnesota. His research includes crop rotations, alternative crop systems, rye as a cover crop, and agronomic issues related to local food systems. Before completing his M.S. and Ph.D. in Agronomy at the University of Illinois at Urbana, he was a Peace Corps volunteer in Zaire, now Democratic Republic of the Congo. In the mid-1980s he worked with the “Wyoming Team” on the Bay Region Agricultural Development Project. The courses he teaches at the University of Minnesota in St. Paul include World Food Problems, Evaluating Starvation, Agroecosystems Analysis, Environment and Global Food Production.

Ambassador Jeylani

Ambassador Jelani M. Habib

 Former Kenyan Ambassador to China and Tanzania (Nairobi)

Jelani Habib graduated in 1970 with a BSc Degree in Agricultural Economics from the University of Rutgers in New Jersey. Born in 1942 in Lamu County, Kenya, Jelani has over 38 years of professional experience in the public and private sectors. He worked in the private sector in 1971-1972 before joining public service in mid-1972 and has served at various positions in the ministries of trade and foreign affairs. From 1973 to 1982, he served in different capacities in Kenya’s foreign missions: London, Cairo, Paris and Washington, D.C., with duties including improving trade, tourism and investment between Kenya and these capitals.

He also represented Kenya in multilateral trade and economic negotiations and conferences under the General Agreement on Trade and Tariffs (GATT), the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), and the IMF and World Bank as part of the Kenyan delegation. He was appointed Director of Tourism in 1982 and successfully steered the sector to overtake coffee as the leading foreign exchange earner.

Mr. James Savage

James Savage is an attorney whose practice has included in commercial law, economic development, nonprofits and financial regulations.

Prior to joining SATG-Filsan’s Board of Directors, Mr. Savage helped establish and served as the General Counsel for the African Fertilizer and Agribusiness Partnership (AFAP). He has consulted on a number of agricultural value chain development programs for the African Development Bank, the International Fertilizer Development Center (IFDC), the Common Market of Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), the Agricultural Market Development Trust – Kenya (AGMARK) and SATG-Filsan. Mr. Savage currently is a Senior Counsel with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, a financial regulatory agency in the United States. He lives in New York City with his wife Tara.

Mr. Subrata Rana

Entrepreneur since 2004, design and establish businesses in agriculture & food, nutrition and health.

Over 24 years of international professional experiences with a number international, multilateral, bilateral and Government agencies and Universities and Center of Excellence in Asia, Africa, Latin America and Europe. Specialized in the field of sustainable agriculture, agribusiness and natural resources management and Biotechnology especially in complex, diverse and risk prone agro-ecosystems both with public and private sectors. Started career with World Bank/ Consultative Group of International Agriculture Research agencies.

Graduate in Engineering from India Institute of Technology, Kharagpur and having a post graduate degree on Economics from Stanford University. Worked in 25 countries and participated in number of international policy discourses.