Working towards a just society

NAPAD in collaboration with traditional clan elders, social groups and local authorities had mobilized and sensitized agro-pastoral communities in 18 locations in cowpea belt livelihood zone of Ceelbuur and Ceeldheer district of Galgudud region, Somalia. a total of 30510 persons out of which 19915 were female benefited from the cowpeas seeds distribution. NAPAD recruited project staff and deploy them in project sites. Using a competitive procurement process, NAPAD issued tenders where 5 different supplies applied and finally one successful bidder was selected by the tender committee. On 18 April seeds distribution to intended beneficiaries started and 58477.5 Kgs or 58. 4775 metric tones of cowpeas seeds to 5085 drought affected households.
Each of the beneficiaries received 11.5 Kgs of good quality seeds. 2542.5 hectares of farmland has been prepared and germinated but paradoxically failed to produce the expected crops. The factors that contributed of of production in the targeted areas were infestation of predatory pests (weevil/bollworm) diseases and poor GU rains in the cowpea belt agro-pastoral livelihood zone of Ceelbuur and Ceeldheer districts. NAPAD conducted a post harvest assessment aimed at measuring the project result and impact on the targeted agropastoral communities in Ceeldheer and Ceelbuur districts and found out that only 458 beneficiaries harvested an average of 12 kg each. The distribution pesticides with seeds are recommended as a strategy for preparedness against unnecessary future loss of crop production. Building capacities of implementing agency and communities on IPM is also recommended