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FAO and the Netherlands renew partnership to strengthen sustainable water management in Yemen

08/07/2021

The USD 5 million project ushers in a second phase of interventions aimed at creating more sustainable management of water resources for improved livelihoods and food production in Sana’a basin. 

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the Kingdom of Netherlands today signed an agreement that will kickstart the second phase of a project aimed at strengthening water use efficiency in Sana’a basin by helping national authorities, farmers and local communities to make better use of available water resources.

The contribution from the Netherlands builds on the gains of the first phase of the project that introduced better governance and water management practices by mobilizing farmers into Water User Associations (WUAs) and providing them with training in improved farming technologies and production systems. The second phase of the project will reinforce the knowledge of local communities and the capacities of the WUAs in water resource investments to ensure sustainable water availability in the Yemeni capital of Sana'a.

Aggravated by six years of conflict and its destructive effects on water infrastructure, Yemen’s limited and poorly managed water resources have resulted in chronic water scarcity. With over 70 percent of Yemenis living in rural areas and relying on agriculture as their main source of income and livelihood, this water scarcity has hindered the production and availability of food and affected the livelihoods of agriculture-dependent families in a country where more than half the population requires food assistance.