Canadian Lutheran World Relief is supporting Support for Sustainable Development with a three-year agriculture irrigation project in the Afar Regional State, totaling $1.3 million.
A permanent irrigation system is being constructed to provide 200 hectares of irrigated land for 600 households. These households are learning new skills in irrigated and sustainable agricultural, natural resource management, fodder production for livestock, and marketing of surplus crops produced. A water-users association is being formed for long-term community management and maintenance of the irrigation system. The labour-intensive activities of the project are being carried out by community members on a cash-for-work basis.
The total beneficiaries of the project are 1,000 families (approximately 6,000 people). 600 families are receiving irrigated plots of land. Some women from these families are also participating in a savings and credit groups to further enhance household income. Others are benefiting from the cash-for-work component. The Afar Regional State Government is funding 25 percent of the total project budget.