INTERNATIONAL STAKEHOLDERS AND PARTNERS
We at SATG believe that the solution to Somalia woes will not come from a single point of influence, but from the amalgamation of several points of influence and leadership. We hold the same principle in our specialist area of agriculture.
In order to solve the prevailing food crisis in Somalia we work in tandem with stakeholders and partners from across the world. The confluence of idea and realities from the field, knowledge from scientists and the experiences of partners will bring about the comprehensive solutions needed by the Somali people.
SATG is dedicated to expanding its network of practitioners and professionals who want to build sustainable agricultural systems in Somalia. With the help of information technology, we have been successful in bringing together stakeholders from all over the world who share our interest in Somalia. SATG facilitates these online discussions and documents the results and outcomes.
Through our networking, we have managed to tap into expertise from various parts of the world, adapting or facilitating solutions pertinent to Somalia.
DEVELOPMENT ALTERNATIVE INCORPORATED (DAI)
SATG is working with Development Alternatives Incorporated (DAI) to explore agriculture-related economic growth and value chain development in Somaliland on behalf of USAID. The goal is to help local authorities and private sector groups improve the enabling environment for investment, generate more productive employment, and improve other livelihood activities. For more details, please visit www.satg.org. SATG is also set to embark on a new project with DAI on economic sector development in South Central Somalia.
In 2012, SATG entered into a new partnership with CIMMYT, the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center, based in Mexico. The goal was to test drought-tolerant maize hybrids in the Lower Shebelle region of Somalia. Under this partnership, new potential hybrids were identified and seed production of the new hybrids is on-going.
MINISTRY OF NATIONAL RESOURCES, SOMALIA
The Ministry of National Resources in Somalia has worked closely with SATG for several years. The re-establishment of the Somali government has not only further strengthened SATG’s relations with the ministry, but has also made it easier for SATG to conduct on-theground investigations in Somalia. As this new government continues to develop, SATG (and the ministry) will be able to help make the agricultural communities in Somalia more resilient.
In order to make its Somali program more effective, Concern Worldwide, an Ireland based humanitarian organization, works with SATG to better promote appropriate agricultural technologies. SATG assists Concern Worldwide by studying the agricultural situation of different Somali districts and offering support through bestfarming practices and training materials. SATG also undertakes soil-testing processes before introducing appropriate technologies.
UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA
University of Minnesota Professor (and SATG board member) Paul Porter is working with SATG’s Dr. Hussein Haji on a project to seek solutions for sustainable agriculture in Somalia. Specifically, they are researching whether improvements can be made in the quality and quantity of food-aid maize in Somalia by collecting and analyzing food-aid maize and local maize and sorghum grain samples from various locations throughout Somalia. This project also calls for them to build a team of experts to explore ways to facilitate and oversee agricultural sustainability and food security in Somalia. In the last 20 years, this war-torn nation has been living off massive amounts of food aid; now it is time to transition to agriculture sector development programs.
Established in 1998, Amoud University can play a vital role in rehabilitating the agricultural body of Somaliland. The school is deeply rooted in the local community and provides an important platform for passing down knowledge and training to a new generation of professionals. Many students from Amoud University have connected with SATG. Working with us, they have been able to take their knowledge and understanding back to their local agricultural communities.