This report contains the full details of a workshop organised by GWI and SODAGRI in Kolda on 29 September 2014, where participants discussed and endorsed the Anambé irrigation scheme charter.
Sharing the benefits
A national workshop on securing agricultural land tenure for communities affected by Fomi dam in Guinea was held in Conakry on 4-5 March 2015. The workshop was co-hosted by Guinea's ministries of Energy and Water, Agriculture, and Rural and Urban Planning with the support of GWI West Africa.
This is a synthesis of the GWI West Africa working paper entitled "Knowledge, tools and capacity for land tenure security for people affected by the Fomi dam". It summarises the main conclusions and recommendations for ensuring land tenure security for the 120,000 people affected by the Fomi dam project.
The Fomi dam project is located on the Niandan tributary of the Niger in Guinea, 30 km upstream of the Niandan-Niger confluence, near Kankan (region of Upper Guinea). In development since 1988 with an update of the feasibility study in 1999, the Fomi project is integrated in the Sustainable Development Action Plan (SDAP) of the Niger Basin Authority (NBA) since 2007. An Environmental and Social Impact Assessment, consisting of an Environmental and Social Management Plan, Involuntary Resettlement Plan and a Local Development Plan, was completed in 2010.
The annual World Water Week in Stockholm focuses on a wide range of issues relating to water across the globe, and this year's theme was 'Water for development'.
Analysis of land allocation strategies in irrigated agriculture schemes in West Africa yields lessons which can guide the design and implementation of current and forthcoming projects. Allocation of insufficient land makes the main purposes of large dam projects – to combat poverty and to increase national cereal production – more difficult to achieve. Research by the Global Water Initiative (GWI) at three dam project sites in West Africa shows that the area of land allocated per family is usually about 1 hectare (ha).
The national exchange and validation forum on the improved operating contract for ONAHA's irrigated agricultural schemes was held on 6 August 2015 in Konni. This event was organised by the National Office for Irrigation Schemes (ONAHA), in partnership with GWI, and implemented by IUCN and IIED.