AFTER USAID worked with 2,086 villagers to reconstruct more than 20 kilometers of canals and protection walls, channeling water to more than 2,000 hectares of parched land.
Intake and protection wall allow recovery of cropland
BEFORE Flooding destroyed much of the remaining canal system in the Qarghayi District of Laghman Province, leaving farmers unable to channel water from the Kabul River to their own fields.
23 APRIL 2011 | LAGHMAN PROVINCE, AFGHANISTAN
Situated at the convergence of the Kabul and Alinghar rivers in Laghman Province, Qarghayi District has enjoyed a long tradition of agricultural productivity, supported by an extensive network of canals. However, decades of war left the canal system in a state of disrepair. Floods quickly eroded the canal walls and farmers in the area lost thousands of hectares of arable land, resulting in a shift to subsistence agriculture and a state of
In November 2010, USAID’s Community Development Program (CDP) embarked on a project to repair 29 critical sections of canals and protection walls. As of March 2011, more than 20km of canal has been repaired, creating shortterm employment for more than 2,000 local residents.
In the end, this project will recover more than 2,000 hectares of parched land--enough land to support an additional 4,100 families.