Access to spate irrigation in Wadieien & Khalifa canals in Wadi Mawr, Hodiedah Governorate
Access to spate irrigation in Wadieien & Khalifa canals in Wadi Mawr, Hodiedah Governorate
Wadi Mawr is one of the largest rain flood run-off in western Yemen. It has a wide catchment areas in Amran, Hajjah and Hodiedah Governorate and discharge flood to the Red Sea coast at Luhayyah. The wadi capacity is range between 2,400-3,100 cubic meters per scond. In the Eightees the Governemnt of Yemen, Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation built an irrigation network through two main canals on southern (19 Secondary canals with total length of 101.2 km) and northern side (22 secondary canals) of the wadi enabling spate irrigation to reach more farms at upper stream. The irrigation system consists of a diversion dam to allow diverting the capacity of the two canals; the southern with 22.5 m3 /second and the Northern 14.5 m3/second.

The irrigation right dictate that irrigation right from upper to lower canals in sequence. In the absence of water use regulation upper canals access flood water more frequently hence deprived or delay lower canals. This project allows the canals of sequence of 12 and 13th to access water directly from the main wadi and subsidize the lower canals when discharge access flood to the main canal. The capacity of the inlet of this canal is 10 m3 per second. The project will assist local farmers implementing construction and safty measures for flood passage in the canal. An entrance gate control, secondary gates, elevation drops and canal banks protection will be built. The project will immediately benefiting farmers on both Wadieien and Khalif and all lower canals. The targeted farmers are 150 holdings (406 ha), 240 families and 1184 inhabitants. The secondary benefitieries in the below 2 canals (Hargi and Moria Bierah) are: 230 holdings (3025 ha), 250 families and 5600 inhabitants.

Earlier SGP funded project assist beneftieries in digging the canal with 3This project is targeting the new flood inlets that deliver flood water from the main Wadi to the junction of Khalifa and Wadiein secondary canals. The recently dug canal funded by SGP will deliver 10 m3/sec. each time flood run through. This will allow lower end farmers access flood water similtanenously as those at the upper parts.
The project will have an impact in the followings:
1. Safe farmers a total expenditure of production cost = US$ 864,041 per year
2. Save fuel (diesel) burning 1,228,640 litres per year (each liter produce av. 2.8Kg CO2)
3. Avoidance of CO2 emission to atmosphere = 3440.192 tons per year
4. Allow flood water to irrigate an agriculture land of1908 ha.
5. Project will increase flood water flow into the southern channel by 10 m3/second= 50%
6. Project will reduce the impact of water monopoly practiced by land owners in the upper side and ensure that fold water Simultaneously reach more destinations.
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Project Snapshot

Water users society in Wadien & Khalifa canals
Area Of Work:
Climate Change Mitigation
Grant Amount:
US$ 38,947.00
Co-Financing Cash:
US$ 28,443.00
Co-Financing in-Kind:
Project Number:
Project Terminated Before Completion

Grantee Contact

Mr. Badawi Hadi Hasan Minsiki
Phone: 715134729


Al-Zuhra District
Wadi Mawr , Hodiedah Gocvernorate ,

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