Eldas Irrigation Water Users Association
This is one of 50 Harvesting Nutrition project case studies. Harvesting Nutrition was a contest held in 2012 and 2013 that showcased active projects working to improve the impact of agriculture and/or food security on nutrition outcomes. Co-sponsors were SecureNutrition, Save the Children UK, and the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN). Learn More.
The program aims to supply water to farmers for irrigation, and to enable healthy crop production by farmers. The main challenge that farmers face is how to access seeds and seedlings, as what they get is too little for them to plant. The water challenge was solved using the irrigation bore hole. The project enables farmers to produce more crops during the drought period, and to have food security. Such projects, if increased, will enable farmers through a period of hunger and also to assist with fodder production for livestock. Farmers' diet will be improved drastically if the farmers are involved in crop production. The project also benefits youth, who would otherwise be without occupation in agricultural activities.
Impact of project:
Before the start of the project, the farmers were involved and the six groups that were close to each other were selected. The six groups have been issue greenhouses. The project started with the digging of a bore hole, which was followed by the installation of a solar-powered irrigation system. This has worked very well for the farmers. In the design, engineers took part in designing the bore hole and also in setting the ground work. After digging the bore hole and installation of the irrigation system, the groups took up the technology well and started planting crops that were doing well in the area. The main challenge that farmers are facing is access to seeds and pesticides to control pest and diseases, which are a challenge because the area is far from a main supply.
Why this project is a Good Practice example:
This project is the best for the 'Greatest Impact on Nutrition' category, as the vitamin needs of the community and children will be met. Also the community will be food secure and stop depending on relief food which is not always available. The project is cross-cutting in terms of food security as livestock as well as humans benefit from the water supply from the bore hole. The project is also sustainable in that vegetable projection increases will see farmers towards producing high value crops, which will mean food security through consumption of their own products.
Impact evaluation in progress
The most important aspect of this project is having nurseries planted at almost all times, enabling continuity in crop production and ensuring that crop production is available almost all year. Most horticultural crops take less than 3 - 4 months. Also, if you are working in the North Eastern district, most crops usually are planted directly without using a nursery and would hence be planted in the farm. The soil is still virgin. The negative experience is how to transport the seedlings. For example, tissue culture in bananas are sometimes destroyed on the way in transit and therefore require special transport.
Funders: Ministry of Water
Primary Contact: Winston Iruku Mugo, Project Trainer
Project dates: TBD to present
Project Stage: Ongoing activities
Geographic Coverage: State/Province
Interventions: Assess the context at the local level; Target the vulnerable and improve equity; Maintain or improve the natural resource base
Target Populations: Farmers; Rural farmers; Women farmers