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Specifically, this means increasing of all aspects of agricultural sector productivity in targeted areas of Wadi El Ku in North Darfur. This is done through rehabilitation and improved management of natural resources, in particular land, vegetation and water.
Total Cost (EUR): 6 800 000.00
EU contracted amount (EUR): 6 800 000.00
Duration: August 2013 - April 2017
Implementing organisation: UNITED NATIONS ENVIRONMENT PROGRAMME
Funding Instrument: European Development Fund (EDF)
Benefitting zone: Sudan
Mr. Cosimo Lamberti-Fossati, EU Delegation in Sudan Project Manager
Darfur has a long history of severe food shortages and cyclical episodes of drought. These have affected the livelihoods of the rural population and determined their coping mechanisms, including migration. Many people, including the landless and many internally displaced peoples, are highly dependent on seasonal employment in the agricultural sector. Moreover, the ongoing crisis in Darfur, which started in 2003, continues to generate enormous humanitarian and recovery needs. All these factors, including population growth and climate change, contribute to increasing the pressure on natural resources, jeopardising the sustainability of the environment.
Ibrahim Eissa Ibrahim, Farmer, Zamzam village, North Darfur
Piecemeal and poorly planned water development is serious problems in North Darfur. It causes disruption in water supply to farmers and causes conflict. As physical structures are poorly planned and constructed this also contributes to serious soil erosion, creating gullies. Gullies in turn lead to greater loss of water being available for farming. We need to harvest rainwater more intelligently and more importantly; we also need to work together as water affects all.
The weir which has been provided through the project has helped us increase our yields and protect us from poor rainfall. It has also brought together many villages to manage the weir and in turn the water. As a result water is a connector rather than a divider. As a committee, we’ have been trained on how to organise ourselves and our affairs, and how to troubleshoot and maintain the structure. We now also have a bank account to collect community contributions for maintenance.
Our relationship with the State Ministry of Agriculture is good now, so we feel we can engage them directly engage for support when needed. The project has brought visitors to our community from all over Sudan. They want to see how the weir works. I am particularly proud to have received the Federal Minister of International Cooperation, the Director of Sudan’s Agricultural Renaissance Project, both based in Khartoum, as well visitors from the University of El Fasher.
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