Water-smart farms
Water-smart farms
The irrigation problem in this area is of two fold; i) scarcity of water during drier months and ii) abstraction is often costly due to electrical pumping. Rainfall patterns indicate that the area remains relatively dry for most part of the year, with December to February being the wettest months. As previously mentioned, the current irrigation practice in the vicinity of Val d’ Endor is direct extraction from the nearby stream, with very few farms harvesting and storing rainwater. The region is characterized by a valley with relatively steep gradient of red laterite soil, which fairly dictates the type of agriculture practiced in this area. The sloppy nature of the terrain also means that some farms have to pump water against gravity, to reach their crops.
The primary objective of the ‘Water Smart Farms’ project is to improve resource management in farming communities, by reducing the water and energy consumption in agriculture. This initiative aims at bringing farming communities in the country, one step closer to having ‘ green’ or environmentally sustainable farms. The main activities would be to set up rainwater harvesting systems on individual farms, combined with drip irrigation systems, which would alternatively have solar powered pumps (see Annex 1). However, during consultations for the preparation of the full project proposal, it has been decided that due to limited funds, the solar powered pumps will be funded through another project, currently in the pipeline. The ‘Water Smart Farms’ project will act as a baseline, to establish energy demand based on the water use in the area, and serve as a measure to determine the type and capacity of solar panels that could be installed. Hence, this project is being considered as PHASE 1 in tackling the water-energy nexus of the farming community.
 
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Project Snapshot

Grantee:
SUSTAINABILITY FOR SEYCHELLES
Country:
Seychelles
Area Of Work:
Climate Change Mitigation
Grant Amount:
US$ 45,000.00
Co-Financing Cash:
US$ 9,520.00
Co-Financing in-Kind:
US$ 7,358.00
Project Number:
SEY/SGP/OP6/Y3/CORE/CC/2017/10
Status:
Satisfactorily Completed

Partnership

Val d'endor Farmers, Government

Grantee Contact

Mrs. Marie-Therese Purvis
Phone: +248 2589001
 

Address

SUITE 9, ARPENT VERT, MONT FLEURI
VICTORIA , P.O. BOX 900

SGP Country office contact

Ms Lyndy Bastienne
Phone:
248 4225914
Email:

Address

UNDP TECHNICAL OFFICE, First Floor Le Chantier Mall, Victoria
Victoria, Mahe