Dry lands in Syria’s Deir Ez-Zor are green again

Jun 2020

FAO Syria, with the support of the Department for International Development (DFID), has executed integrated rehabilitation work on strategically located pumping stations to guarantee irrigation to more than 6 000 ha of land in six villages on the Euphrates River. The rehabilitation work included light reconstruction work on 15 pumping stations, installing pumping equipment, and installing 1 100 meters of pipeline. FAO’s vision to restore irrigation systems in the country based on validated assessments of damage and needs has been achieved through this project. A team of experts on water and irrigation management planned and designed the work that improved access to water for farmers and promoted efficient use of this vital resource. FAO and DFID have also integrated their interventions in Deir Ez-Zor by irrigating the seed multiplication lands with proper quantity of water. The seed multiplication intervention will provide quality seed to vulnerable farmers who have faced difficulties in accessing seed for production. Both interventions have contributed in encouraging farmers to return to their lands, resume their production activities, have sustainable access to inputs and improve their food security situation