Improving the access to water resources

The project promotes sustainable access to Water Resources in Simanjiro District for livestock holders. The villages targeted by the project generally just have one and only perennial water point along the year. To reach the water point, herders and women have to walk really long distances. It is not unusual that these distances exceed 20 km. The lack of distribution of the perennial water points in the area then causes a significant problem.
On the one side, herders are forced to stay in pasturelands’ areas located at a reasonable distance from the water point. Every animals of the village are then gathered in a same area which leads to overgrazing, environmental degradation and risks of conflicts. On the other side, the time the women have to give to go to the water point is pretty significant. It contributes to maintain them in an enslavement position and limit substantially their availability for other income generating activities leading to their empowerment.

The project is part of a wider five year Program funded by Belgian Fund for Food Security (BFFS), in partnership with Iles de paix, targeting Simanjiro and Longido District.

We want to improve food security of households in 15 targeted villages.
The specific objective of the project is the higher and more secured income used for nutrition and improved local availability of food for 9.000 households in 15 villages in Simanjiro and Longido districts and in particular for 40% of impoverished households, women and youth; Oikos East Africa will be responsible for Simanjiro villages only.

The following are main results foreseen by the project: targeted villages have livestock water resources development plans (identification of their resources and local projects prioritization); existing livestock water infrastructures in targeted villages are strengthened and extended (when possible); new livestock water infrastructures in targeted districts are available; local capacities of management and maintenance of livestock water infrastructures are strengthened.

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