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Resilience Expert Available to Comment on Drought and Potential Famine in Somalia and Ethiopia

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. —Mohamed Abdinoor, MA, an expert specializing in agriculture, food security and resilience in East Africa at RTI International, a nonprofit research and global development institute, is available for media interviews on the prolonged drought and growing threat of famine in Somalia and Ethiopia. Mr. Abdinoor can provide insights about why this crisis occurs in this region and what steps can be taken to strengthen households’ and communities’ resilience through inclusive economic growth.

Abdinoor is an international development professional based in Kenya with over 20 years of experience whose work helps improve livelihoods and grow economies. He has gained expertise in economic development in the Horn of Africa, and most recently led the successful Somalia Growth, Enterprise, Employment and Livelihoods (GEEL) project funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Somalia GEEL promoted inclusive economic growth in Somalia, which is recovering from the devastating effects of civil war. For over six years, GEEL helped create private-sector opportunities in agriculture, livestock, fisheries, and energy and exceeded expectations, creating more than 7,400 full-time jobs and an estimated 15,700 secondary and part-time jobs in targeted industries.

Prior to joining RTI, Abdinoor led a team working with pastoralists and livestock programs in the Economic Growth and Transformation Office for USAID’s Mission in Ethiopia. He worked on similar programs for Save the Children, serving as chief of party for the Pastoralists and Livelihoods Initiative. He holds a master’s degree in international development and bachelor’s degree in environment and natural resources, and speaks fluent English, Somali, Swahili; and basic Amharic, Oromiffa, and Arabic.

For more information about the Somalia GEEL project, click here.
To learn more or to set up an interview, please email news@rti.org.