SMEC was engaged to carry out feasibility studies, detailed designs and prepare tender documents for three selected sites (Kayonza 4 and Rwamagana 34 and 35). Two of these sites (Kayonza 4 and Rwamagana 34) were selected for construction. SMEC was also engaged to provide contract administration and construction supervision services for the two selected sites during the construction stage.
The feasibility studies and detailed design included the following components:
- Topographic Survey
- Water-Harvesting (Dam and Appurtenant Structures)
- Hillside-Irrigation, Socio-Economic
- Financial and Economic Analyses
SMEC’s scope of work included:
- Detailed design for all land husbandry, water harvesting, dam and hillside irrigation works
- Topographic survey, GIS analyses and mapping
- Hydrological analyses, geological and geotechnical investigations
- Soil surveys and assessment of crop water requirements
- Supervision of all husbandry works within the water catchments
- Construction supervision of the hillside irrigation system
- Construction supervision of two earthfill dams
- Quality control of construction materials
- Technical assistance.
The Government of Rwanda is pursuing a comprehensive Poverty Reduction Program which includes the development and implementation of various sustainable development projects.
The Land husbandry, Water harvesting and Hillside irrigation (LWH) Project is one of the development initiatives designed under the Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources (MINAGRI).
The LWH project will help to improve the agricultural system in Rwanda, which has been weakened due to soil loss from erosion, impoverished soil fertility, high acidic soil and limited water holding capacity.
The project focuses on commercialisation of agriculture, including the introduction of sustainable land husbandry measures for hillside agriculture and investing in water harvesting infrastructure (dams and irrigation infrastructure) at at selected sites.
The Hillside Irrigation Program targets highly economical, organic horticultural crops. Improved water storage provides irrigated crop production for 100 days on average, allowing a second crop to be harvested during the dry season.
- Technical Area:
- Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources