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The Drought: Context, Vulnerability, and Solutions

by Muna Ismail (Journal of the Anglo-Somali Society, Issue 61, Spring 2017, pages 17-19) Droughts have long been part of the Somali peninsula’s climate and, in most cases, have always had significant economic, environmental, and social impact, both direct and indirect. In cultural anecdotes, all past droughts in living memory have names that tell social…
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BBC interviews Dr Muna Ismail

  Dr Muna Ismail's BBC Somali World Service interview on the 7th July discussing the benefits of the yeheb plant for drought-prone areas in Somalia and Horn of Africa.
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Planting Yeheb

In December I spent three weeks in Somaliland, testing the possibility of restoring and domesticating Yeheb, a food and fodder crop which grows well in very dry conditions. It is one of those plants that has not found enough interest outside its indigenous habitat. Historically Yeheb used to flourish in the Haud or Savannah pastoralist…
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The next step: Yeheb is back!

In December 2015, project leader Muna Ismail made a second journey to Somaliland. This time the aim was to plant Yeheb seeds and seedlings at sites that had been identified during the scoping mission earlier in the year. The seeds were brought by road by a farmer from central Somalia. He has asked us not…
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Muna’s story

In 2011 there was a massive drought in the Horn of Africa. It was the worst drought in 60 years and Millions of people were affected across the region. There was a serious food crisis in Somalia, Djibouti, Ethiopia and Kenya; all within the Somali inhabited areas. Hundred thousands fled from Southern Somalia in search…
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Scoping mission

In May and June 2014, three members of the project team completed a scoping mission which marked the beginning of the Yeheb project. They travelled across Somaliland from the capital, Hargeisa, inland to the Haud Plateau that stretches for hundreds of miles on either side of the border with Ethiopia and back to the Gulf…
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