Improved Irrigation Systems in Al-Maroofia, Azzaydiah District, Hodiedah Governorate
Improved Irrigation Systems in Al-Maroofia, Azzaydiah District, Hodiedah Governorate
Al-Maroofia area is located on the Hodiedah-Maidi main road ca. 10 km from Al-Dhai city. The region is located in the downstream of Wadi Surdude before reaching the Sea. The main economic and livelihoods activities for communities are agriculture and pastoralism. Since the new irrigation projects in upper stream of the Wadi, it seldom that rain flood reach the area, Hence local communities are solely depend on tube well as a source of irrigation. Due to this water table is facing enormous pressure and declining as a result. The average water table depth is 120m. Crops grown in the region are Sesame, tobacco, cereals, vegetables legumes and sorghum fodder. Most cash crops are sold either at farm gate or in Hodiedah where cereals are retain for home uses. The project benefits 320 agriculture families with 1810 inhabitants.
The project aimed at enabling local farmers to adopt 35 surface irrigation systems covering 6 Hectare in each farm to reduce water losses, labours, soil salinity and the amount of Diesel used for pumping required irrigation water. This will lead to soil and water conservation; reduce CO2 emission due to Diesel saving of 30% and enhance farm economy. The annual saving in resources due to projects are:
1. Annual saving in fuel cost = US$ 75,495
2. Avoidance of CO2 emission= 435 tons/year
3. Improve farm economy = US$ 75,495 /year/farm (35) and US$ 186/family/year (399)
Project will assist in building capacity of local communities towards better natural resources management and environment. Lesson learnt that would be generated by the project will be made available for replication and experience sharing with all similar landscapes.
The project is funded by local farmers (51%), the National Irrigation project (16%)and the GEF small Grant Programme(33% ). The total project investment is US$ 151,051. The investment cost will be recoverable within a period of 2 Years.
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Project Snapshot

Al-Maroofia Community Group
Area Of Work:
Land Degradation
Grant Amount:
US$ 50,000.00
Co-Financing Cash:
US$ 83,311.00
Co-Financing in-Kind:
US$ 17,740.00
Project Number:
Satisfactorily Completed
Project Characteristics and Results
Replication of project activities
Following the success of other similar projects in saving water, energy and labours, such project are in high demand as it's a replication of previously success projects.
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Hectares of land sustainably managed by project 452
Total monetary value (US dollars) of ecosystem goods sustainably produced and providing benefit to project participants and/or community as a whole (in the biodiversity, international waters, and land degradation focal areas as appropriate) 75459


Ministry of Agricculture and Irrigation, National Irrigation Programme (NIP)

Grantee Contact

Mr. Qasem Abdullah Agem Hefdhullah
Phone: 00 967 714282939


Azzaydiah District
Al-Marofia , Hodiedah Governorate ,

SGP Country office contact

Mr. Omar Ali Saeed Al Saghier
+ 967 448605 Extn. 440
+ 967 448841
Mr. Bashar Sallam
00967 (1) 448605/6 Extn. 441


C/o UNDP, 60 meter Road, P. O. Box 551
Sana'a, Sana'a