Factsheet on how solar irrigation schemes can contribute to climate resilience of communities. Beyond solar powered pump, training in climate-smart-agriculture, agribuisness and new Village Community Banks (VIKOBA) .
Water from solar powered-pumps
The Project will install solar-powered pumps in 3 villages in Hai District, Tanzania. Technicans will be trained to sustain the irrigation schemes and solar systems. To pay the mantaince Agribuissnes trainings and trainings in climate smart Agriculture and Village Community Banks (VIKOBA) ensure that sufficient profit will be generated to reinvest.
Climate Smart Agriculture
To ensure the sustainability of the project farmers are trained in climate smart farming and agribusiness.By this approach farmes build the capacity to utilize the solar irrigation to change their farming from rain-fed to all-year-round and using the surplus of the harvest to finance maintenance cost and reduce poverty.
Uncertain Rain Fall
Due to climate change water stresses in most tanzania communities increased. Research show that the effect of severe droughts in Hai District impact agriculture production and food security significantly.Traditionally for irrigation water from river diversions or natural springs were used. This secured the food security and income to the majority of farmers in Hai District. However, the situation has changed in recent year so farmers are no longer able to rely on traditional irrigation techniques. Due to the change of rainfall patterns streams and rivers does not flow anymore predictable continuously throughout the year.This project addresses theirfore the need for a sustainable all-year-round irrigation.