Eastern Lowlands Wadi Development Project

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Eastern Lowlands Wadi Development Project

Eastern Lowlands Wadi Development Project

This area was one of the most severely affected by the war for independence, in terms of both material destruction and loss and disorganization of human life.

The project has the objective of improving spate irrigation systems, the most important agricultural development opportunity in the eastern lowlands. Specific activities include rebuilding structures for flood diversion that are used several times a year to allow water to soak deeply into the soil, to help the arable zones of Sheeb and Wadi Labka regain their status as one of the highest grain producing areas in the country.

The project will also develop agriculture and livestock production. It will improve community infrastructure by rehabilitating roads and domestic water supplies. Technical coordination will be provided to strengthen the Ministry of Agriculture’s capacity to implement similar activities in other parts of the country.

The completion evaluation report of December 2004 concluded that the achievements of the project were modest, and some activities were either curtailed or not implemented at all. Many shortcomings were attributable to the conflict situation.

Despite these difficulties, activities centred on irrigation have been successful and provide guidelines on how to implement spate irrigation schemes in Eritrea. Participation is a key factor, and people who will benefit are involved from the outset, committing themselves to taking responsibility for operation and maintenance of irrigation systems.


Source: IFAD

Status: Closed
Approval Date
05 December 1994
1994 - 2006
Total Project Cost
US$ 20.11 million
IFAD Financing
US$ 12.68 million
Co-financiers (International)
Belgian Survival Fund US$ 5.29 million
Co-financiers (Domestic)
National Government US$ 1.3 million
Financing terms
Highly Concessional
Project ID
Project Contact
Abla Zehour Ms Benhammouche

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