The village of Ugunji, in the Lower Shabele Riverine area, in southern Somalia, is home to around 12,500 citizens. The 1 ha community-owned and cultivated garden is situated in the riverine area, which provides water for the crops. 15 individuals cultivate the garden, growing crops such as “diir”, a type of red bean, okra, spinach and “boor katito” – a pumpkin only found in the Lower Shabele area. Prior to the project started, however, they primarily cultivated maize and practiced conventional agriculture. Now the farmers have abandoned the use of synthetic chemicals and have diversified the crops cultivated. Excursions to the garden are planned for local primary school students, so they can meet the farmers and learn about agriculture and farming.
The recent conflict in the region and ongoing political tension is hindering agricultural production and prohibits farmers from meeting.
Ugunji village, 70 km southwest of Mogadishu, riverine area of Lower Shabelle region
Riverain Convivium Leader