Land resources Conservation through rain water harvesting in Bani Battal Village
Bani Battal and neighbouring villages located on western escarpemnt of Yemen (N14 55.021 E43 29.434). The area is well know for its steep mounttains terrraces for agriculture and water conservation. Rain-fed agriculture is tghe main occupation of the communities in the area. Water availability for domestic and supplementary irrigation is the main challenge for women fetching water for household use and for farmers to provide supplementary irrigation of limited crops (Coffee and Qat). Rain occures in Summer months when the surplus is drained to lower coastal areas reaching the sea. Water harvesting and storing techniques is in practice for generations. Local community dig deep water harvesting cisters in the ground, build them with rocks and blustering them with cements to uphold water for year round use.
The objectives of this prooject is to enable communities in Bani Battal group of villages to finish Twenty One water harvesting cisterns and to establish revolving fuunds to recycle financial resources to finish at least 11 more cistern during project life span. The revolving fund mechanism will continue to allow building water harvesting cisttern in the fuuture till the community satisfied from water. The expected total water harved in this project is 7424 cubic meterper year.
The projectt will carry two mtrainin g workshop on aspects of organic farming and water use effeciency.
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Project Snapshot

Bani Battal Community Group
Area Of Work:
Land Degradation
Operational Phase:
Phase 3
Grant Amount:
US$ 20,484.00
Co-Financing Cash:
US$ 40,978.00
Co-Financing in-Kind:
US$ 50,566.00
Project Number:
Start Date:
End Date:
Satisfactorily Completed
Project Characteristics and Results
Notable Community Participation
Community participation in this project is very high amounting to 82% (45% in kind and 37% in cash).The total fund provided by SGP is 18% of project cost.
Capacity - Building Component
Community will gain more capacity in the water harvesting techniques when younger generation get involved in building up of water cisterns to revive and old technology for sustainable livelihood.
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Hectares of degraded land rest 70
Number of households who have benefited* from SGP project 32