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Building a future for drought affected communities in Somalia

Beneficiaries holding food vouchers to collect food in Dollow. Photographer: Jennifer O’Gorman/Concern

When drought struck South Central Somalia, Sadiyo Samei Abdullahi and her family lost their livestock and crops and they were dependent on food aid to get by.

How we helped

A programme run by Trócaire, with Irish Aid support, has helped them not only over the worst of the crisis and but get back on their feet so that they now able to provide for themselves.

"Before being supported by this programme, my family had big problems getting enough food. We had lost all our livestock and crops due to drought and life was unbearable for us. However, since my family has been included in the programme I now receive regular food for all the family and I can provide for my family. My cooking pots are on fire again!” said Sadiyo.

A longer term approach

Sadiyo and her family of four children were provided with food, clean water, and basic household items.  While these helped keep them alive, they also needed longer term support to help them rebuild their lives.  They got assistance to replant their crops, restock their animals and get veterinary care for them. As a result, they are now able to provide for their own needs and will be more resilient and better able to cope in the event of any future crises.

"Since my family has been included in the programme I now receive regular food for all the family and I can provide for my family. My cooking pots are on fire again!”

 Irish Aid supported Trócaire to provide immediate assistance and longer term support to almost 30,000 vulnerable people like Sadiyo and her family who were worst affected by the drought in 2011. 

Why resilience matters

Irish Aid is committed to supporting partners such as Trocaire  to respond not only to the immediate needs of affected  poor people and poor communities but to support them to cope better in the longer term, and for the future.  If Communities in central Somalia can become more resilient they will be better able to adapt and cope with drought and other challenges casued by climate change.  

During our Presidency of the EU we will work to make sure that resilience is a priority so that vulnerable communities are better able to withstand sudden crises, such as drought or a crop failure. 

What difference can Ireland make?

Read Minister Costello’s speech to the European Parliament on how we will work with our partners to make sure we have a more effective,  better joined up approach to emergencies.