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Flood wells in Ethiopia

In this pilot project we are introducing a low-cost well and pump package for smallholder farmers in Ethiopian floodplains. Nowadays the fertile plains are only marginally used, as conventional hand-dug wells collapse during the flood. With manually drilled tube wells that are specifically adapted to resist the flood, farmers can irrigate during the dry season and increase their income drastically.

Goals

  • To increase the productivity of floodplains by introducing low-cost wells and pumps for smallholder farmers.

Activities

  • To identify floodplains with the best potential for shallow well development
  • To set up a pilot to test the technical and socio-economic feasibility of shallow tube wells
  • To upscale and disseminate the results in Ethiopia, Zambia, Ghana and Mozambique

Budget

Project funded by Partners for Water and contributions from the project partners. Total budget of 209.000 EUR of which 60.000 EUR managed by PRACTICA Foundation.

Results

  • Six pilot wells have been drilled in the Ethiopian Silti, Fogera and Becho floodplains.
  • The biggest scope for flood wells is found in the Fogera and Becho plains. In areas like Koka or Silti the farming systems and geo-hydrology are more suitable for other technologies, such as reinforced dug wells.
  • Mozambique and Zambia show good scope to introduce and scale flood wells, combined with other floodplain development solutions.
  • Flood wells: drilling kit production
  • Flood wells: farmer
  • Flood wells: floodplain
Status
Closed
Terminé
Period
Période
2012
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