SATG has participated in a celebratory event, which was combined the events of World Food Day and Somali Farmers Day. The event took place on October 21st in Mogadishu, Somalia. The theme of the event was Food Security and the role of Somali agriculture sector in contributing to a food secure Somalia. The distinguished participants have discussed ways to increase food production while reducing food imports that amount to over US$1.5 billion dollars per year. In order to achieve this difficult task, the participants endorsed the importance of investing in the agricultural sector and encouraging the local farmers to produce food that is required quantity and quality.
The agricultural sector has enormous potential and viable opportunity to contribute to a food secure Somalia and even sustained to economic growth.
Even though there are some major challenges in Somalia including the climate, political insecurity, and poor infrastructure, the agricultural sector has enormous potential and viable opportunity to contribute to a food secure Somalia and even sustained to economic growth. Dr. Hussein Mao, the director of SATG was one of the speakers at the event. In his speech, he emphasised that it is time to start investing in an agricultural sector which is technically and financially well established. He mentioned that SATG has been contributing by working to improve the technologies and practices of the Somali producers so that they achieve improved and increased food production and profitable farming businesses.
In addition, as part of the event program, there was an Agriculture Fair in which different companies and organizations have displayed their work and agricultural products. SATG, as a non-for-profit organization, and Filsan Inc., as a commercial and social business entity, also participated in this fair and presented various products and services they provide and offer to the agriculture community. In conclusion, the main message of event was that Somalia’s people are resilient as they have been coping with many different set-backs and problems. They are also entrepreneurs that are willing to take up the challenges as long as there is an opportunity that sufficiently exists in the agricultural sector. There is so much potential for Somalia’s agriculture sector and hopefully a bright future!