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Agricultural water management


Origine et contexte du Projet
1.1 Conformément aux objectifs et missions assignées à l’Office Riz de Ségou (ORS), et vu la nécessité de planifier de manière concertée et durable son action dans sa zone d’intervention, il a initié un projet de développement intégré et de résilience climatique des populations dans les Plaines du Delta 2 (PDIR – PD2, le projet). La conception du projet repose sur la mise en eau des plaines afin de permettre la mise en valeur durable des abondantes ressources en terres.


Development of operation guidelines for investment in multi-purpose small dams

August 2012 – The Government of Zambia received a € 950,000 grant to develop, test, and adopt updated guidelines to program, design, finance, build and monitor multi-purpose small dams. Resources mobilisation activities are also an important part of the project to ensure that the dams be scaled-up. The project is expected help rural communities build resilience to climate variability through improved water storage capacity. The water is expected to increase water security for fisheries, irrigation, domestic use, and cattle.

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Community water management improvement project for traditional farmers in Mkushi, Masaiti, and Chingola districts

November 2009 – Development Aid from People to People (DAPP), a local NGO, received a €700,000  grant to strengthen traditional farmers' ability to efficiently manage on-farm water resources for enhanced productivity and income generation, thus facilitating the transition from subsistence farming to a more efficient and commercially oriented mode of production. In doing so, the project also addresses the issue of vulnerability of smallholder families to climate variability, both reducing their dependency on rain-fed farming and increasing their resilience to climate change.


Comprehensive study and project preparation for the rehabilitation of the Nubaria and Ismailia canals

October 2007 - The Government of Egypt received a €1.9 million grant to finance a study that will look at technically feasible and economically and socially viable solutions for efficient water control and system management to reduce water shortages and water-logging in the two canal systems. The implementation of recommendations and solutions as a result of the study are expected to result in an increased volume of water and area of irrigable land, along with solutions for efficient water control and system management, and irrigation infrastructure and management.


Formulation of Integrated water resources management (IWRM) and Land Use Plan, Phase 1

November 2007 - The Government of Mauritania received a €500,000 grant to support the process for the ongoing development of an IWRM and land use plan, and improve capacity for implementation. As a result, all stakeholders should have adopted an IWRM approach and have improved capacity for implementing this approach at national and decentralized regional levels. In addition, better temporal and spatial information on water resources and land use will be collected and shared.


Integrated study and project preparation for COFAMOSA irrigation project

November 2007 - The Government of Mozambique received a €1.2 million grant to undertake an irrigation project preparation study to enable the mobilization of funds for the development of 10,000 hectares of irrigated farmland. Sugar cane has been proposed in the pre-feasibility study as the main crop to be grown in the area to supply cane for sugar/ethanol production.


Integrated water harvesting

April 2009 – ECOLINK, a local South African NGO, received a € 374,000 grant to implement a project designed to assist communities in the Ehlanzeni District of Mpumalanga Province of South Africa to improve output from their communal food gardens through improved collection and management of surface run-off from precipitation and better management of soil moisture.


Lower Usuthu smallholder irrigation project (LUSIP)-Phase II preliminary studies

May 2009 - The Government of Swaziland received a € 910,000 grant to carry out the preparatory work necessary for the implementation of the Lower Usuthu Smallholder Irrigation Project (LUSIP)-Phase II. This entails the preparation of the feasibility studies, detailed designs and tender documents required for the implementation of the LUSIP II infrastructure investments, as well as the mobilisation of funds required for the implementation of LUSIP II infrastructure investments.


Water harvesting for water supply and agriculture in rural districts of the Republic of Djibouti

January 2008 - The Government of Djibouti received a €1.9 million grant to pilot innovative run-off water harvesting technologies for drinking water, irrigation and livestock uses in two rural districts of Digri and Obock. The project is expected to improved access to water for multi-purpose uses by the rural nomad populations in the project zone. It will also result in improved knowledge of the hydro-geologic conditions in the project area and increased investments through scaling-up of the new technologies in water harvesting at the country level.