Djibouti (HAN) March 4th, 2014 – The African Water Facility (AWF ) participated , 29 January 2014 , at the launching
ceremony of the construction of infrastructure to mobilize the water for domestic and
agricultural to Saday . At the end of the project, more than 100,000 people will have
better access to water resources.
In addition to its technical support, AWF was granted in January 2008, a donation of € 2
million to the Government of the Republic of Djibouti to support this project .
This grant was funded studies on the quantity and availability of water resources of the
country, to build structures for extracting groundwater, and other organizations dedicated
to retain surface water.
This infrastructure project now launched will enhance water security of pastoral
communities , which are faced in recent years , in conditions of extreme aridity,
exacerbated by climate change. Access to larger amounts of water over longer periods should
help to develop and diversify their agricultural activities, which are their only source of
income which they depend.
First for Djibouti , construction of a dam on the Oued Saday in Obock region is one of the
key works of the project. The dam will have socio -economic impacts of scale , allowing –
among others – to irrigate over 225 hectares of land. These new irrigated land should help
the settlement of 1000-1200 agro -pastoralists , who will be able to increase the size of
their herds and develop agriculture in the long term . In addition , the dam should also
promote groundwater recharge , thereby reducing costs and the effort of drilling and
pumping to access groundwater.
“The water , food and economic agro- pastoral communities safety depends entirely on the
success of this operation , which is a first in Djibouti and should pave the way for other
works to mobilize water, whose country much needed , “said Akissa Bahri , Coordinator of
the AWF. And promise : “We will spare no effort to support this work should be completed by
the end of 2014 .”
The launching ceremony of the work was chaired by Mohamed Kamil Abdoulkader , Prime
Minister of the Republic of Djibouti in the presence of many government officials ,
regional and local authorities, and members of the beneficiary communities .
This project signs first experience of co AWF and the Saudi Development Fund.
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