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FAO and WFP partnership to strengthen resilience through restoring irrigation infrastructure

FAO and WFP partnership to strengthen resilience through restoring irrigation infrastructure

Full title of the project:

FAO and WFP partnership to strengthen resilience through restoring irrigation infrastructure

Target areas:

Deir-ez-Zor Governorate.

Recipient:
Donor:
Contribution:
USD 535 714
31/03/2019-30/11/2020
Project code:
OSRO/SYR/905/JPN
Objective:

To improve the food security of crisis-affected smallholder households and contribute to restoring their livelihoods through enhanced access to irrigation water and capacity building to manage water resources efficiently.

Key partners:

The World Food Programme.

Beneficiaries reached:

6 250 crisis-affected smallholder households (37 500 people). 

Activities implemented:
  • Rehabilitated five key irrigation infrastructures in Deir-ez-Zor Governorate, including three irrigation systems along “sector 5” irrigation project (the main intake pumping station, the water lifting station and the drainage system); one small-scale irrigation system in Ashara village; and one small-scale irrigation system in Mrat village.
  • Trained 300 farmers across ten villages on farmer-led irrigation management; 125 technical experts from various national entities on natural resources assessment tools; and 124 technical experts on the operation, maintenance and management of pumping sets.
  • Established six Water Users Associations (WUAs), engaging 3 150 WUA members in managing water resouces through 30 Water Users Units.
Impact:
  • Restored water flow to 3 865 ha of fertile arable land, enabling 6 250 crisis-affected smallholder households to restart their agricultural activities; improve their food security; and save and protect their livelihoods.
  • Supported the livelihoods of 7 100 indirect beneficiary households (e.g. agricultural workers, workers in local factories and workshops) thanks to increased access to water and increased agricultural activities.
  • Encouraged the return of livestock keeping households by providing access to water for approximately 100 000 cattle and 500 000 sheep.
  • Enhanced the knowledge and skills of 300 farmers on farmer-led irrigation management; 125 technical experts on natural resources assessment tools; and 124 technical experts on the operation, maintenance and management of pumping sets.
  • Ensured long-term, cost-effective and sustainable management of the rehabilitated irrigation systems through the establishment of WUAs.