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Irrigation consolidation and development of better farming systems in the Dur Dur Watershed, Awdal Region, Somaliland – Phase II

Irrigation consolidation and development of better farming systems in the Dur Dur Watershed, Awdal Region, Somaliland – Phase II

Full title of the project:

Irrigation consolidation and development of better farming systems in Somaliland – Phase II

Target areas:

Awdal region, Somaliland

Recipient:
Contribution:
USD 3 146 231
01/07/2011-30/09/2014
Project code:
OSRO/SOM/108/EC
Objective:

To strengthen and diversify livelihoods at household level of the people of the Dur Dur watershed in Awdal region of Somaliland.

Key partners:

The Ministry of Agriculture (MoA), Amoud University and Farm Concern International.

Beneficiaries reached:

Communities of the Dur Dur watershed and wider Awdal region.

Activities implemented:
  • Rehabilitated and constructed 40 shallow wells (32 wells provided with fuel-powered pumps and eight wells with solar-powered pumps) and seven canals.
  • Constructed a diversion weir in Baki to allow river water to flow into the irrigation canals, control erosion and increase the water harvesting capacity and provided 16 water pumps to canals to allow for gravity irrigation.
  • Established a market information system disseminated via weekly SMS messages and a radio programme in order to provide farmers consistent, reliable market prices.
  • Constructed a vegetable market in Boroma, a road between Hegu and Boroma and a bridge in Boroma to improve the route to Djibouti. 
  • Procured and distributed three solar powered refrigerators for the Boroma market and general project area, and eight pick-up vehicles.
  • Trained 78 lead farmers to establish and facilitate 40 farmer field school groups, focusing on fruit tree cultivation (citrus, date palm and mango), good agricultural practices, integrated production and pest management, and post-harvest techniques.
  • Rehabilitated the Aburiin Research Center to support soil and water management and introduction of new germplasm.
  • Identified and distributed suitable seeds to farmer field school groups for the establishment of demonstration plots.
  • Provided training to of 50 MoA staff received training on the FFS approach, citrus pest and disease identification and management, seedling management and crop production and protection and pest and disease management.
  • Trained 53 individuals on rural commercialization (organizational development, business and marketing). 
  • Facilitated training of trainers sessions for 113 people on production, group capacity development and value chain development.
Impact:
  • Improved irrigation infrastructure, thereby supporting irrigated agriculture.
  • Increased access to markets and market information, contributing to better trade conditions, more competitive pricing and improved livelihoods.
  • Enhanced agricultural techniques through training sessions.
  • Increased the amount of area under production and improved crop yields.
  • Contributed to poverty alleviation in the region through improved agricultural livelihoods.