Swalim News and Events

FAO-SWALIM Recognised for Partnership with Banadir University

FAO SWALIM has been working together with academic institutions in order to foster long-term research relationships on specific projects of interest and to generate knowledge for the betterment of the lives of Somali communities.

FAO SWALIM Sponsors Ministry Staff in Meteorological instruments and methods of observation Course

Six staff from the Ministries of Agriculture in Somalia (2 from PL,  SL, and FGS) graduated today after attending a three months course in Meteorological instruments and methods of observation

Floods in Beletweyne Leave Families Devastated

Belet Weyne district in Hiraan region has is witnessing one of the worst floods in history, with the river at full bank level for the last 11 days, about 68% of the town is inundated according to analysis by FAO SWALIM

 Journal Publications

Validation of the CHIRPS satellite rainfall estimates over eastern Africa
Long and temporally consistent rainfall time series are essential in climate analyses and applications.
Uncovering the challenges of domestic energy access in the context of weather and climate extremes in Somalia
In Somalia, challenges related to energy access is influenced by both weather and climate extremes and associated conflict.
Towards a spatial Data Infrastructure for Somalia using open source standards
SDI is a well-known concept in Africa, many countries are on the way to having a formal SDI strategy Certain countries, such as Somalia, are starting the process of nation building after years of war.

 In focus

FAO-SWALIM river level gauge readers show Resilience, commitment and hard work in a difficult environment

Hussein Ali, fictional name, works as river level gauge reader for FAO-SWALIM (Somali Water and Land Information Management). In the midst of clan disputes, he walks to the middle of the bridge that divides into two a town along the Shabelle river, one of the two main rivers of Somalia.

FAO-SWALIM adjusts its modus operandi to overcome the physical limitations of the pandemic

19 May 2020, Mogadishu - When COVID-19 suddenly emerged in Somalia, authorities imposed an international travel ban to prevent spread of the deadly infection. For 14 government staff members from Somaliland and Puntland who were going to receive induction training for the Integrated Land and Water Resources Management (ILRWM) project, their plan was doomed; the training would have to be postponed.

Belet Weyne Flood Update - Issued 15 May 2020

BeletWeyne: 15 May 2020, a total of seven square kilometers of agricultural land has been inundated while 10 Sq km of the urban areas is flooded. The floodwaters are expected to start receding in the next 4 to 5 days there being no foreseen rains in the district and within the Ethiopian highlands.

Somalia Facing Risk of Floods in the Juba and Shabelle Basins

Following heavy rains, river levels increased considerably along the Juba and Shabelle Rivers leading to flooding along the Juba. Flash floods were also experienced in Bay and Bakool Regions.

 SWALIM Publications

Somali Floods Update - Issued 02 June 2020

There was further reduction of rainfall during the week ending on 31 May 2020 as we approach the end of the Gu rainy season which usually ends in late May in some places and early June in others. A few pockets in the southern and northeastern regions however recorded light to moderate rains.

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Somali Floods Update - Issued 26 May 2020

The week ending on 24 May 2020 saw a significant reduction of rainfall amounts across the country. A few pockets in the southern and northeastern regions however recorded light rains. In general, the seasonal rain performance was remarkable and beneficial to all the water dependent sectors.

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Somalia Rainfall Forecast - Issued 21 May 2020

This week has seen a significant reduction of rainfall amounts in Somalia save for a few places in the southern coastal areas. This trend is normal as rains start to reduce in the second half of May in many areas while the coastal areas continue to record rainfall through June and July.

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Somali Floods Update - Issued 18 May 2020

The Gu (April-June) season to date has seen significant rainfall across Somalia with many areas recording more than twice their average rainfall over the period. The rains which intensified since mid-April have been well distributed in terms of space and time.

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 Donors

SWALIM is a multi-donor project managed by FAO and currently funded by EU, The Italian Cooperation, The World Bank, DFID, USAID and SHF