The Somali Natural Resources Research Center (SONRREC) is a leader in natural resources research, promoting efficient management and use of natural resources in support of sustainable livelihoods. Our research is primarily focused on the sustainable use of natural resources in the fields of natural resources sectors i.e., Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries, Energy & Water, Petroleum & Minerals, and the Environment. We are for creating and cultivating talents all over the Somali natural resources.

In addition, SONRREC creates a platform to share the thoughts of professionals, scholars, and academicians throughout Somalia and the world. The quick review process, rich editorial boards, and quality publications have already been made. SONRREC has published books, research journals, working papers, reports, fact sheets, background papers, and policy briefs since its first book appeared in 2018. SONRREC research and publications aim to provide policymakers, researchers, academicians, the media, and all the interested public with reliable information, analysis, and recommendations.

Research Themes




Capacity Development

Innovation & Collaboration


Somali Natural Resources Research Center


Our Research work is also organized to address six major thematic challenges. Explore the thematic area below for examples of research outputs from the center's projects, as well as select media mentions of our projects' work.


SONRREC works to contribute the Somali Agriculture system for self-sufficient to everyone, reduce the poverty, and drive economic growth and development.


We help in improving the livestock system from traditional way to modern system, eliminate poverty, improved food security, and increased opportunities in economic growth


SONRREC works to advance maximizing production, productivity, and processing of fishery sector and secure the maritime for socio-economic development and well-being.

Energy & Water

We help achieve a water-secure nation and reduce the national water risks through integrated sustainable water resource management to improve economic growth and reduce the poverty. We also help drive the scale-up of clean, affordable energy throughout the country to deliver sustainable socio-economic development.

Petroleum & Minerals

We develop studies on how to use the country’s oil and gas resources while protecting and conserving the environment to contribute to the early achievement of poverty eradication and create lasting value to society.


SONRREC works to help protect communities and natural ecosystems from damage caused by environmental challenges and generate opportunities for people to be environmentally friendly society.