The objective of the project is enhancing livelihoods of farmers as well as building resilience of agriculture production systems against climate change. This will be achieved by reducing losses from floods and ensuring a sustained supply of water by recharging ground water aquifers. Specifically it will;

  • Address flood problems due to expected increase of rain inten- sities through integrated flood management approaches.

  • Provide new water resources to farmers in the Northern dry zone areas, facilitate crop diversification and encourage home gardens. This is to be accomplished through rehabilitated traditional tank systems and innovative approaches to crop diversification. 

The study on enhancing resilience and productivity of irrigation sys- tems is composed of three components.

  1. Groundwater recharge Investigation of ground water potential for irrigation needs for a diversified crop calendar and the op- tions for ground water recharge.
  2. Use of short term rainfall forecasts Incorporating short-term rainfall forecasts for irrigation supply decision making.
  3. Mosaic of traditional and modern irrigation systems Water allocation and water distribution mechanism studied in the Deduru Oya system to be upscaled so that allocation among traditional and modern systems can be achieved though the cooperation of local farmer organizations and the irrigation department for managing in water distribution. 

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