Project 2017 - Mbulu, Tanzanie

back to front, left to right : Antoine Paquette, Louis-Philippe Gauthier, Charles Bernard,  Jean-Félix Dansereau-Leclerc, Corinne Gauvreau-Lemelin, Melissa Windsor et Sophie Laflamme

 

The project of the 2017 edition, the construction of one kilometer of irrigation canals, will be carried out in collaboration with the local organization MVIWATA Manyara, a grouping of farmers in the region. This partnership enables the GCIUS to contribute to a project that will reach the 1,200 inhabitants of the village of Dirim by giving them access to 300 hectares of new irrigated land.

 

Irrigation of arable land is an important issue with great benefits for the food security and economics of populations subject to the vagaries of climate change. The region of Dirim and Gatagujo counts nearly 1,500 hectares adapted to irrigation while only 200 of them are at the moment. Feeding only between 300 and 550 mm of rain per year, which is not enough to allow agriculture in the dry season, irrigation is the only way to reach two harvest periods per year. The addition of 300 hectares of irrigation is expected to shift crops from 5 tons / hectare (2014) to 25 tons / hectare (2018) for onions, green peppers, carrots, beans and garlic.

 

In addition to participating in channel construction, GCIUS will work to optimize the use of water resources by eliminating leaks and informing the public about the system in place. This project also presents an opportunity for the Université de Sherbrooke group to share its knowledge with students at the Arusha Technical College, a university in the region that is well established in the field of irrigation. The sustainability and sustainability of a project being two important values ​​for the GCIUS, the discussion that will be launched with the local students is directly aimed at providing the populations with the means to develop and remain autonomous .

 

All the elements of a profitable and viable project are present and the 6 members of GCIUS 2017 are already working hard to make it a success!

 

If you would like to contribute to the project, you can make a personal donation here.

For further information, please consult the following documents:

Partnership booklet

InfoGCIUS November 2016