In the village of Gumeysidiid, located in a well irrigated area in the Lower Shabelle region, a community garden serves the needs of the community that lives in Gumeysidiid. The village has an estimated population of 233 people. It measures 9 jibaals (1 jibaal, a local measure, is a half-acre) and it was established in 2014. 13 people work in the garden, 8 men and 5 women. They are all well trained farmers and are able to carry out different tasks in various parts of the garden. They mainly produce vegetable crops of different kinds: cabbages, lettuce, onions, peppers, carrots, spinach, kales and squashes, all typical products of Somalia. The garden products are marketed in Mogadishu, the capital city of Somalia. The garden produces high quality vegetables that large number of customers demand and the gardeners get an income from their sale. Two of the participants in the project are specialized in controlling the quality of the products. In order to preserve the fertility of the soil, manure and other fertilizers are used to increase the garden production.
Gumeysidiid Village, Lower Shebelle region
Riverine Convivium leader