East and South Africa
Medium-Size Dams Irrigation Project in Masvingo Province, Republic of Zimbabwe
Since 1980fsNation's independence, the government of Zimbabwe has promoted the communal land development in semi-arid area where used to be under the very poor agricultural practices. In line with the policy, a project of the medium size dams with irrigation facilities was implemented by Japanese technical and financial support. The project consisted of 5 phases. Construction equipments and machines for medium dams and irrigation facilities were provided in phase 1. During phases 2-5, six dams and irrigation facilities were constructed and water usersf organizations were established and strengthened. Accordingly, planting and selling the vegetables by womenfs groups during the dry season was enabled. The project has largely contributed to the increase of income and advancement of womenfs status.