Tame the Rain to Revive the Land using Geo-membrane Retention Basin for Sustainable Irrigation and economic development in rural areas.
Explain your project idea (2,000 characters)
We propose hill-top geo-membrane retention basin (typically 10,000 m3 capacity) to hold rainwater. With precipitation rate between 2000-5000 mm/year, the water level reached 2-5 m. This is enough supply to water 20 Ha of land during the dry season, using gravity flow system.
To further decrease run-off, we also develop orchard on the surrounding area (within the radius of 1 km), planting 3000-5000 premium tropical fruit that can absorb water (every tree of 3 years old can hold 200 L water per day).
To maintain both, we build capacity of local farmers in horticulture as well as cooperative system to market the product. Farmers are organized into a group of hundred, to each farmer was allocated 2000 m2 of land. We also build field training center, where 2 field assistants live in for 3.5 years to work with farmers from planting to harvesting and marketing.
In highland villages with high precipitation rate, soil erosion and landslides often happen during rainy season due to rainwater runoff. On the contrary, drought happens during dry season, as conventional agriculture activities had reduced the infiltration rate. Irrigation becomes more difficult as sometimes water has to be pumped from source location that is lower than the field. In the long term, decrease of land productivity and increase of disaster risk can be easily projected.
Who are the beneficiaries? (1,000 characters)
Local Ugandan farmers
How is your idea unique? (1,000 characters)
We integrate water conservation, agribusiness, and community development.
We also reach economy of scale by engaging a minimum of 100 farmers for 20 Ha orchard in an integrated program consisting of water infrastructure, agriculture production facility, and technical assistance for 3.5 year.
Idea Proposal Stage (choose one)
Initial Design: I am exploring the idea, gathering the inspiration and information I need to test it with real users.
Tell us more about your organization/company (1 sentence and website URL)
We are a formal registered company in Uganda working to bring about innovative solutions that address the most pressing needs of the people in and around our communities.
Organization Filing Status
Yes, we are a registered company.
In 3-4 sentences, tell us the inspiration or story that encouraged you to start this project.
From the failure of mega dams and irrigation projects, we learned that they often taken away farmers' access of water, and need high maintenance. We come to a hypothesis, that if we downsize the scale and introduce more appropriate technology, we might get better irrigation solution.
Please explain how your selected topic areas are influenced, in the local context of your project (1,000 characters).
Environmental: We shall build hill-top geo-membrane retention basins in pair with tropical fruit orchards to harvest rain water. In most locations, villagers will see an increase of their water well production and a change of micro climate.
Social: Farmers will be trained to implement Good Agriculture Practice and Good Management Practice, which increase their land productivity. As they are organized, they can control price against middlemen. Thus overall farmers' income is increasing.
In addition, most of the villages shall be transformed into agro-tourism, where the villagers independently develop simple accommodations, food kiosk, and event organizing. Our site will be able to generate annual village income of 2.5 billion from homestay, culinary, and events. As the villages get media highlight, more support from government and others shall come to improve local infrastructure, thus increasing rural job opportunity.
Who will work alongside your organization in the project idea? (1,000 characters)
National and International bodies
Please share some of the top strengths identified in the community which your project will serve (500 characters)
There is already willingness from the government and the local community to bring this idea to reality.
How many months are required for the project idea? (500 characters)
Did you submit this idea to our 2017 BridgeBuilder Challenge? (Y/N)