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Sustainable Revitalization of Agricultural Systems in Kanem Oases in Chad

Sustainable Revitalization of Agricultural Systems in Kanem Oases in Chad

Full title of the project:

Sustainable Revitalization of Agricultural Systems in Kanem Oases

Target areas:

Kanem Region (Ayouloum, Ligra and Mara regions)

Recipient:
Donor:
Contribution:
USD 570 003
08/01/2019-07/01/2020
Project code:
OSRO/CHD/806/IRE
Objective:

To contribute to sustainable food and nutrition security through increased productivity of oases production systems.

Key partners:

National Agency for Support to Rural Development (NASRD) and the Chadian Institute of Agricultural Research for Development (CIARD)

Beneficiaries reached:

700 households (4 200 individuals)

Activities implemented:
  • Established 15 agropastoral field school groups composed on average of 18 members per group;
  • Distributed basic agricultural inputs required by the beneficiaries, such as tools and seed kits to set up market gardening; Each kit included 20g of onion seed, 25 g of okra seed and 15 kg of garlic cloves with a value of USD 32.38 per household. In total, the project distributed the following agricultural inputs and tools including 10 500 kg of garlic cloves, 14 kg of onion seeds, 17.5 kg of okra seeds, 700 spades, 700 rakes, 700 picks, 700 daba hoes, 20 knapsack sprayers and 90 wheelbarrows. The kits with agricultural inputs were valued at USD 85.68 per household.
  • Trained 700 households (300 in Ayouloum, 200 in Ligra and 200 in Mara) on cultivation techniques for onion, garlic and okra and 711 households on best practices for food handling and nutrition;
  • Installed a greenhouse and 6 solar pumping kits with a water storage installation allowing for surface pumping and less expensive irrigation of gardening plots;
  • Identified the installation site for future seedlings based on installation of the new irrigation system;
  • Trained agricultural specialists and beneficiaries on planting techniques and the maintenance of existing palm groves.
Impact:
  • Improved crop yields for 700 households through distribution of seed kits and gardening inputs with 10 531.5 kg of seeds and 3 610 pieces of market gardening tools distributed;
  • Production increased from project activities totalling 17.212 ha including 1.5 ha of okra, 2.33 ha of onion and 13.13 ha of garlic cultivated; The average production expected for each type of seed included: 17 500 kg of okra, 34 980 kg of onion and 65 650 kg for garlic, calculated on the estimated yields on the different seeds;
  • Provided materials for the installation of 7 500 linear meters of wire mesh fencing to significantly reduce crop losses from straying livestock;
  • Improved irrigation systems and shallow pumping with the installation of six solar pumping kits with a water storage and irrigation system;
  • Provided training to 711 beneficiaries (181 men and 530 women) on cultivation techniques, irrigation system and best practices for food handling and nutrition.