Integrated Water Resource Management Project
The general climate in Zambia is divided into the wet season for 6 months and the dry season for 6 months. During the wet there is plentiful and often too much water whereas one of the biggest challenges in rural Zambia is the lack of water during the dry season. This shortage has a knock-on effect for both the health and well-being of people and animals in the rural regions. Through some simple interventions some of these issues are being addressed by the integrated water resource management project currently being funded by GIZ (German Society for International Cooperation) commissioned by the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany, implemented by the SNV Netherlands Development Organisation (Contract No.: 81209301) and subcontractor AgriSmart Zambia.
In the Monze and Magoye areas of Southern Zambia these organisations are currently implementing a water harvesting and management project at with several local farmers to assist them to improve their lives through water supply and water security through the traditional dry season. Once these initiatives are established they have the potential to serve as regional examples to other farmers in the area of the advantages of water resource management and the implementation of micro irrigation, solar powered pumping systems, boreholes and dam based irrigation systems.