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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

Country

Eritrea

Approval Date

05 December 1994

Duration

1994 - 2006

Sector

Irrigation

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

1100000365

Project Contact

Abla Zehour Ms Benhammouche


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