The Project for Irrigation System Development to Improve Rice Productivity in El Porvenir, El Salvador (2013-2018 / 4.70 million USD)KOICA contributes to educating and supporting farmers in response to climate change.
Ensure sustainability by utilizing underground water and solar energy
KOICA, Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock of El Salvador, and El Porvenir farmers' association collaborated to reduce poverty and improve quality of life in El Porvenir region, where food security issue has been raised due to intensified drought and change in rainfall pattern, caused by climate change.
What we do
Supporting monetization of solar energy generation, Expanding additional income generation
KOICA provided assistance in the administrative process for the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock of El Salvador to utilize profits from solar energy generation for the first time. The members of El Porvenir farmers' association provided land for irrigation canals at no cost, and proactively participated in farmers' education while the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock designated civil officials exclusively responsible for supporting this project.
200ha of irrigation zone and seven tube wells for underground water were developed and 11km-long irrigation canals was contructed, allowing double-cropping and a 150% increase in productivity. Also, electricity worth 100 million KRW was available through a 250kw solar power plant, and the use of such solar power generation facilities reduced the cost of operation of tube wells. Moreover, addtional income is expected to be generated thanks to the foundation prepared by the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock of El Salvador for administrative process and utilization of profits from solar energy generation.
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