Community-based irrigation scheme in pastoralist communities: Fentale irrigation-based integrated development

Authors: IGAD
Date: 2019


The Kereyu community, which is predominantly engaged in pastoralism, is one of the pastoralist communities in the Oromia region affected by recurrent drought. As a result, pastoralism as a source of livelihood has become challenging. A project that aimed at introducing irrigated farming to the Kereyu community was implemented by various stakeholders. This practice included mobilising Kereyu communities in Fentale woreda to start crop production as alternative source of livelihood. For this purpose, using the River Awash, an irrigation structure was constructed by the Oromia regional government.