Efforts on Poverty Reduction Activity in Gode Town
In the efforts of reducing food insecurity in Somali Region, OWDA implemented agricultural pilot project in Gode zone. This program aims at minimizing poverty and food insecurity in the Region. The specific objectives of the program are:
- To increase inhabitants awareness regarding to self-sufficient
- To enhance people’s capacity to mitigate respective drought
- To promote community capacity on how to produce sufficient Grain through irrigation system at least twice a year.
In this respect, OWDA organized workshops on ownership, community participation and product sustainability in order to have dynamic initiatives in the production crops.
Similarly, owda conducted baseline study on identifying appropriate agricultural site which can be accommodated with 200 poor households; fortunately it has been succeeded to seize adequate land (200 Hectares) OWDA coordinates with all concerned offices and institutions in the promotion of the related activities. For the community mobilization, owda established four cooperative committees selected from different target poor households who will take voluntarily the responsibility for keeping agricultural activity at the phase out of the project.
Relating to the preparation of the land, owda has discussed with the agriculture ministry of Somali regional state on providing heavy machineries (Bulldozer, Grader, and Tractors) for constructing two main channels and other sub-canals as well cultivating the soil. But the ministry conditioned that to pay the perdiums of the machinery operators, technicians, cost of maintenance and fuel by owda.
Nevertheless, OWDAappreciated the conditioned items and completed the land preparation. As a result, three (3) big water pumping machines have been deployed to the site and constructed all related irrigation mechanism in the target area. In addition, all related agricultural hand tools have been purchased for the farmers but the plantation and the irrigation activities have been arranged. Owda covers the expenses of all activities with the cooperation with National Council of Churches (NCC) in Australia. The project hand over and the evaluation steps are being under process.