Donor: World Bank/ ARTF
Budget: $ 41 Million
Duration: 3 years
Location: Kabul, Nangarhar, Mazar-i-Sharif, Herat & Bamyan
Status: Ongoing project with MAIL
The main objective of the On Farm Water Management (OFWM) project is to provide farmers with improved, reliable, and equitable distribution of irrigation water to increase agricultural productivity. The physical improvements of tertiary irrigation facilities are equally important to complement effectiveness of the upstream developments. The same will enhance farm incomes, ensure food security, provide better livelihood to the farmers, and reduce poverty in the rural areas where most of the Afghans live. The Afghanistan OFWM project has the following objectives:
This project has the following components covering a total of 50,000 ha owned/ cultivated by about 100,000 farm families. The project is also expected to result in an incremental irrigated area of some 5,000 ha.
Component A: On Farm Water Management
This component will support establishment of five (05) OFWM project areas comprising in total some 50,000 hectares and will include the following three sub-components:
Component B: MAIL’s Institutional Strengthening and Capacity Building
The project will support institutional strengthening and capacity building of MAIL. The final objective is that MAIL staff is able to plan, design, implement, and monitor OFWM programs throughout the country.
Component C: Project Management, Coordination, Monitoring & Evaluation
This component will support: (i) project implementation by the Project Implementation Unit (PIU); (ii) project management by the General Directorate of Programs (GDP) on fiduciary (procurement and financial management) and safeguard aspects; (iii) coordination with other projects, as well as with donors involved in the water resource sector; and (iv) an efficient monitoring and evaluation mechanism.
Component 1 (Water Management):
Regions to ensure that they fit OFWMP irrigation schemes selection criteria:
Component 2 (Training and Capacity building):
Training arrangement at the Lahore Water Management Institute is in the final stages, and an agreement will be signed soon between On-Farm Water Management and Punjab Water Management (WMTI) Institute. The first batch of 25 On-farm project staff is expected to go in the month of April.
Component 3 (Project Management and Coordination):
Slow and bureaucratic hiring process of key support staff like finance manager, procurement officer has led to the most difficult situation in the project preparation and implementation. Paying staff salaries and providing petty cash for running offices at the center and at the regions is an issue that we are coping with. A meeting with the MAIL’s Minister is held to sought his help in speeding up the process of hidings, and the signs of improvement is visible now
Procurement of important equipments led us a limited progress on implementation side. Successful meetings with the Bank were held to sought guidance and support in the procurement process.
Signing of agreement between the MAIL and Punjab Water Management Institute is taking longer than what was originally thought. Progress has been made through continuous communication with Director General of Punjab on-farm water management.
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