Ethiopia has secured a loan agreement of 114.5 million dollars from the IFAD which is the International Fund for Agricultural Development. This money will be spent on the development of small-scale systems of irrigation in rural areas of Ethiopia. These small-scale irrigation schemes are vital to the supportingthe security of food as well as the livelihoods of small farmers. In Ethiopia, the government as well as other development partners demonstration anever-growing interest in the progress of these irrigation projects.
Impact on irrigation
This project is estimated to have a positive influence in 108,170 households. This loan agreement was signed by Mulugeta Alemseged who is the Ethiopian Ambassador to Italy and Kanayo F. Nwanze, the president of IFAD in Rome, Italy.
The money will be used in the execution of the 2nd phase of PASIDP (Participatory Small-Scale Irrigation Development Program). This Program is expected to advance 15,000ha small scale irrigation projects in 4 regional states of:
- Southern Nations, Nationalities and People’s Region
Dams supporting irrigation projects will also be constructed in these 4 states.
This program is expected to create 15,000 new jobs in building dams in irrigation in Ethiopia as well as help smallfarmers to adapt as well as mitigate the impacts of climate change.
1.3 billion dollars
Since the 1980s, IFAD has financed over eighteen development programs in rural areas worth 1.3 billion dollars.
The PASIDP is expected tooffer secure as well irrigation production systems for farmers that will rise their pliability against external surprisessuch as drought and link them to markets. But the lack of in-depth understanding of the situations is challenging, and this in turn challenges the efforts to attain sustainability significances in irrigation projects. Many are working on the ways of teaching the success of irrigation projects under the existing challenging conditions.
This is an investment in Ethiopia that helps to bring clean drinking water to the many that don’t have any and will also influence the death rate especially of children as well as the elderly.