What's the problem?
The area is very hot and also lies in the rain shadow of the mountains. Therefore there is too little rainfall to be able to practice agriculture all year round. In the villages, the water table in the dry season is about 4.60 m deep - too deep for the plant roots to reach the water.
Together with the local people and an interdisciplinary team, we plan and advise an irrigation system for an initial 9 hectares. In three further phases further land will be irrigated. Since the irrigation area is located not far from the Shire River, the river water infiltrates the area.
With the irrigation, three instead of one harvest per year can be achieved. This is enough for self-sufficiency and to sell some more. With the profit the families can pay school fees, medical expenses, medicine etc. and are independent from foreign aid.
One hectare is enough for 10 families with about 6 family members each.
What does the project cost?
Project costs for 9 hectares: about 44,500 US dollars
Our share: about 4,000 US dollars for planning and consulting on site