Green Patch

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In dry and dusty Somalia, Nimo and her children, Abdi, 6, and Selma, 5, water their fields.

For at least four years, seasonal rains have failed to provide enough nourishing water for farmers in Somalia. In the wake of drought conditions like these, farmers resort to eating the seeds they would otherwise plant. 

In addition to food shortages, they are short of cash and forced to sell their livestock at a loss. Water is scarce and people are going into debt to meet their needs.

Nimo, a widow who farms, has better ways of coping. With a deep well and water tanks, she is able to irrigate crops and have the water on hand she needs for other uses.

World Vision trained Nimo and her hired hand in water-conserving farming techniques and provided seeds to plant and tools for cultivation.

Nimo’s family’s little green patch with growing vegetables is a rare sight in the region, but shows what can be done to avert hunger in a dry land.

Photo©2017 World Vision, Stefanie Glinski

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