Abonsi Irrigation Development Project

January 2013 to December 2015

This project was implemented in the Telalak district at Geyisu kebele to irrigate 70 hectares of farmland and benefit 210 households. With finances obtained from Rainbow for the Future, additional irrigation infrastructure was included to increase the irrigable area to 90 hectares.

The core outputs and components of the project were:

  • Irrigation scheme
  • Agricultural extension to enhance knowledge and skills related to irrigated agriculture
  • Community capacity building and institutional development
  • Natural resource management
  • Community saving and credit support activities

All the planned activities of the project were accomplished, and the Abonsi community harvested a total of over 600 tons of yield in just four seasons. The main crops produced were maize, sesame, onion, mung bean, and various fruit crops. From the sale of the cash crops, the 210 households have managed to earn a total of 543,000 birr, which is an average of 2,585 birr per household.

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