Decentralized cooperation

Completion of the waterways for irrigation in Bezbina (Aakkar)

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As part of BALADI, René Moawad Foundation/United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is contributing $159K to rehabilitate and improve the irrigation water conveyance network in Bezbina (Aakkar) (2,400m of canals) and decrease water loss due to seepage caused by existing earthy water canals, and help the farmers of Bezbina (Aakkar) (Aakkar District) access sufficient water to irrigate their crops, stone fruits and vegetables.

The provision and the conservation of irrigation water are expected to enhance the agricultural productivity of 115 benefitting farmers. Bezbina (Aakkar) farmers live under significant economic and social burden caused by the high presence of Syrian refugees [Bezbina (Aakkar) is classified under the worst category of vulnerable populations as per UNHCR vulnerable populations’ map].

The Project aims at enhancing the participatory water management to ensure sustainable irrigation practices through the established partnership among Bezbina (Aakkar) farmers, the Municipality of Bezbina (Aakkar), the Agricultural Cooperative of Bazbina and the North Water Authority. Not to mention, the project offers promises to an improved livelihood of 580 persons from Bezbina (Aakkar) host community by increasing their main income from agriculture production.

In mid-July 2014, René Moawad Foundation/BALADI completed the rehabilitation and construction works of two planned sections. In total, 400 meters of concrete-lined canals were built across 200 dunum of stone fruits and vegetables lands. As a result of these works, 30 small to medium scale farmers started benefiting today from the newly built water canals. Prior to project implementation, one dunum (1000 sqm) required five (5) hours of continuous irrigation because of water drainage and loss in previous earthy canals, which is equivalent to 67 USD- cost of water paid by farmers. Now, with the use of the newly built canals, one (1) dunum requires only one hour of irrigation. The project helped at decreasing the water cost on farmers to 13 USD per dunum instead of 67 USD.

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