SOMALIA – Somalia has become the sixth African Union Member state to establish a Multi-Stakeholder Platform (MSP) dedicated to addressing feed and fodder industry challenges.

This move follows the examples set by Kenya, Uganda, Nigeria, Cameroon, and Zimbabwe, with the goal of enhancing Somalia’s feed and fodder systems through collaboration among various sector players.

Somalia’s feed and fodder sector faces numerous obstacles that hinder animal productivity and food security.

To assess the impact of these crises on feed and fodder systems, the Resilient African Feed and Fodder Systems Project (RAFFS Project) conducted a comprehensive study across six key African countries.

The findings showed the urgent need for strategic interventions to strengthen the resilience and efficiency of these systems, which are crucial for sustaining livestock-based livelihoods and ensuring food security.

The establishment of the MSP, therefore, marks a crucial step towards creating a structured and functional feed and fodder industry in Somalia.

The MSP aims to foster a more productive, sustainable, and resilient livestock sector by promoting collaboration among government agencies, the private sector, academia, civil society, and other stakeholders.

This initiative is expected to enhance food and nutrition security and generate economic opportunities, particularly for women and young people.

For the MSP to succeed, it is essential to strengthen stakeholder collaboration and encourage partnerships to develop a cohesive strategy to improve the feed and fodder sector.

Additionally, infrastructure, research, and development investment is crucial to spur innovation and progress in Somalia’s livestock sector.

Creating robust data gathering and analysis systems will effectively guide decision-making and policy formulation while establishing monitoring and accountability frameworks that will ensure sustainable and resilient livestock systems across Africa.

Future trends and technological integration

The feed and fodder sector is poised for significant advancements with greater integration of technology.

Artificial intelligence, robotics, and automation will enable more precise agricultural and livestock monitoring and management, leading to increased efficiency and productivity. Emphasis on sustainable and regenerative practices, particularly organic and agroecological approaches, will also grow.

Investing in research and development is critical for enhancing the use of innovative technology. This includes supporting genetic modification research, sustainable farming practices, and digital technologies for efficient management.

Collaboration between the public and private sectors, as well as international organizations, is crucial for addressing sectoral challenges such as information sharing, capacity building, and resource mobilization.

Attention needs to be given to broadening reach, creating innovative financial products, improving collaborations, and encouraging sustainable practices.

By adopting these strategies, microfinance banks like Bushra can help Somali feed and fodder farmers enhance their livelihoods and contribute to a more resilient and profitable livestock sector.

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