Irrigation makes fruit tree projects sustainable
Communities of the High Atlas Foundation rank irrigation initiatives among their top development priorities. Thanks to your support and OES partnership, we are now executing drip irrigation systems in 4 tree nurseries!
Why is irrigation a priority?
Due to population growth and climate change, the already vulnerable rural areas of Morocco are facing increasing challenges to economic survival. We can combat these challenges by providing a reliable water source to support the growth of fruit tree agriculture, which is more profitable than the traditional staple crops, corn and barley.
What is drip irrigation?
The drip irrigation system is an innovative irrigation method that ensures water access while simultaneously encouraging water conservation. Drip irrigation runs hoses with drip nozzles through the nurseries and fields, delivering water directly to the plants’ root zones. A 2012 Al-Akhwayn University study on water management and conservation in rural Morocco found this system to be the most effective, because the direct water delivery minimizes evaporation and run-off.
The entire community benefits from the influx of income provided by fruit tree agriculture. Women in particular are large stakeholders in this irrigation project. 3 of the 4 benefitting tree nurseries are women’s nurseries (1 in Ouaouizerth and 2 in Toubkal). Having been built on land donated in the name of women’s groups, the sale of the trees and plants in the nursery benefit women directly.
Help us expand our drip irrigation project!
We are so grateful for all of our Global Giving donors who help jumpstart these sustainable projects. Drip irrigation supplies for one nursery (including tubing, pumps, etc.) costs roughly $1,500. With the collaborative effort of the local communities, supporting partners such as OES, and your contributions, we can provide another community with this innovative irrigation system!