Somaliland is currently experiencing a progressive and sustained deterioration and erosion of livelihoods, which is exacerbated by a combination of multiple reinforcing shocks including drought, accelerated environmental degradation and climate change. This situation has been going on for many decades now and has led to, among other things, unsustainable utilization of the country’s natural resources inlucing charcoal burning and illigal loging – pasture land and woodlands are the major affected areas in particular with which the majority of the population (pastoralists/agro-pastoralists) depend on for their livelihoods. To intervene this situation, Candlelight, in partnership with ISF, introduced livelihood project which is focusing es on fodder & Sisal productivity improvement though trainings on agronomic practices for fodder, value addition of existing income generation opportunities to benefit women and youth, provision of agriculture inputs for agro-pastoral small holder families etc.
The aim of this mission was to assess the project achievement and challenges faced according project implementation preroid.Isf and Candlelight team reached Go’da weyn village which is one of the project target areas of the project operation. The team was welcomed to Go’da weyn guest house equipped by candlelight and used by candlelight staff in the field. After welcoming the team visited sisal processing female training center in the village for interviewing the women groups about the history and stages of the sisal project implementation, project achievements, challenges and recommendations.
Also among the ISF team members were included two newly ISF staff members those who wants to be familiar with the work and the progress of the project against stated outcomes and impacts, as well as identify issues and recommend course corrections. The visit was overall intended to highlight issues and challenges affecting effective and efficient implementation of outputs and presented their contributions to the effective management of the project deliverable.