Somalia Livestock Price Bulletin, June 2022 – Somalia

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The Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET) monitors trends in staple food prices in countries at risk of food insecurity. For each FEWS NET country and region, Price Bulletin provides a series of charts showing monthly current year prices in selected urban centers, allowing users to compare current trends to five-year average prices that reflect seasonal trends and prices show in the previous year.

The livestock sector is central to the economic and cultural life of Somalis. The sector provides food and income for over 60 percent of the country’s population. Burao and Galkayo are the Horn of Africa’s largest livestock markets, particularly for the export of sheep and goats from the Somali region of Ethiopia and parts of southern Somalia. Most of the livestock exported through the seaports of Berbera and Bosasso pass or pass through these markets. Burao and Galkayo are two important reference markets for important pastoral livelihoods of Hawd, the Sool Plateau, the Nugaal Valley and the Adun in the Northeast and Central regions. Beled Weyne connects the southern and central regions of the country and is the source of supply for export cattle via the port of Bosasso. Dinsor, Bardera and Afmadow are important livestock markets in the agro-pastoral livelihoods of southern Somalia. A significant number of cattle bred to Garissa, Kenya transit through these markets. Afmadow is the largest cattle market in southern Somalia. It is the reference market for the largest cattle belt in the Juba Valley. It is the main source of cross-border livestock trade to the Garissa, Mombasa and Nairobi markets in Kenya.

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