“I don’t think I can harvest anything from this field this year. There is just not enough water,” Asha says. In a good rainy season, she can harvest her tomatoes every three weeks and sell 37 pounds for around $12. But for the second year in a row, it has rained far too little in Somalia.
Now, Asha has to buy tomatoes herself from the next town.
In the past, when the rainy seasons were good, the villagers could collect enough rainwater in their water tanks for their own needs and for the fields. But now the village doesn’t have enough water in their tanks even to drink. The villagers must rely on water trucks from the nearest town. All families have to join forces to pay for these water trucks to come, but the water is too expensive for the fields. It can only be used for cooking and drinking.