The Irrigation and Drainage Projects area is directly implementing one project that are focused on rapidly addressing systemic issues related to agricultural Irrigation and Drainage.

Integrated Shallow Groundwater Irrigation Development:

The objective of this project is to contribute towards enhancing access of smallholder farmers to groundwater-based irrigation practices to increase production and productivity of vegetables, field crops, and fodder. It seeks to enable smallholder farmers to adapt to climate change by reducing dependence on increasingly erratic rainfall. The geographic scope of the project includes Oromia, Amhara, SNNPR and Tigray regions, with five project components: shallow groundwater mapping, promotion of business groups around shallow groundwater development, promotion of irrigation equipment supply chains and retailing, promotion of high value and nutrition dense crop production and marketing, and capacity building.

Key Targets by end of GTPII:

  • Shallow groundwater potential defined and atlas prepared for 200,000 Km2 area
  • 274 atlases developed for woredas with high shallow groundwater potential
  • 182 Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) supported creating at least 393 direct jobs
  • At least 2,132 wells drilled by locally trained well-drilling groups
  • At least 200,000 HHs in woredas where SGW potential exists adopt localized cropping calendars and use HVCs assessment tool for irrigation development on 100,000 ha

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