View of cropland on the Juba River in Gobweyn

Ensuring climate-adapted nutrition in Kismayo

Promoting climate resilience in food security in Jubaland, Somalia

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  • Commissioning Party

    German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)

  • Country
  • Lead executing agency


  • Overall term

    2023 to 2026

  • Products and expertise

    Security, reconstruction and peace

A farmer in a field carries a box of vegetables.


In Somalia, around 90 per cent of the country and 7.8 million people are currently affected by persistent droughts. As herd animals have died and fields and water sources have dried up, many people are losing their access to food.

Since the expulsion of the AI-Shabaab terrorist group, the area surrounding the port city of Kismayo has become a refuge for internally displaced persons and returnees from Kenya. Due to limited access to food, water, land and income, the basic needs of the entire population in the city and surrounding areas are under threat. The government of the state of Jubaland is unable to meet these growing needs.


The food supply for selected target groups in Jubaland has been secured despite climate change.

A woman bottles her coconut oil.


Together with the Somali Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation, the project identifies climate change-adapted, nutrient-rich crop varieties and analyses problems in cultivation and processing. State agricultural advisors receive appropriate training. For vulnerable households, the project also offers advice and information campaigns on climate-adapted cultivation practices and healthy nutrition. In addition, the Norwegian Refugee Committee (NRO) is implementing projects together with the ministry - including irrigation, better cultivation methods and storage.

Internally displaced people who use pastureland learn simple methods for processing their products; for example, preservation through drying, and climate and disaster-resilient income opportunities outside of agriculture.

In addition, the project is continuing to develop the Jubaland Water Agency (JUWA), which was begun by the predecessor project. The aim is to secure the drinking water supply in the region. The project provides technical advice and promotes the expertise of JUWA and other responsible parties who contribute to the long-term operation of the water infrastructure.

Last update: December 2023