How USAID is helping farmers rebuild after conflict

Speeches Shim

Thursday, June 17, 2021
Lihth Gharanij Agricultural Complex Transformer
Lihth Gharanij Agricultural Complex Transformer

Due to infrastructure damage from the Syrian conflict, farmers in northeast Syria’s Deir ez-Zour governorate relied on diesel generators to pump water from the Euphrates river into the irrigation system. However, with the high cost and low availability of fuel, farmers could not get sufficient water to irrigate their crops. Compared to diesel generators, commercial electricity is a much more efficient, cost-effective, and cleaner source of power for water pumps.

At the request of the U.S. Army Civil Affairs Team-South, the USAID Essential Services, Good Governance, and Economic Recovery (USAID ES) project assessed the feasibility of connecting the irrigation stations to the electrical grid recently repaired by USAID. Working with local authorities, the USAID ES project installed six power transformers, connecting seven pumping stations to the electrical grid. These stations now support an estimated 18,700 farmers and their families, irrigating over 10,950 hectares of farmland in the lower Middle Euphrates River Valley.

The increase in water flow to irrigate the farmer’s crops has helped alleviate local tensions over water resources, built local government legitimacy, and increased the credibility of U.S. forces in the area.

Last updated: December 07, 2021

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