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Tuesday, June 16, 2020

BENIN: Automatic solar-powered water troughs to be built in Savalou

BENIN: Automatic solar-powered water troughs to be built in Savalou©Michael O'Reilly / Shutterstock

Several water troughs will soon be built for cattle herds around the Awiankanmè and Danmè reservoirs, two landlocked localities in the commune of Savalou in Benin. The objective is to settle the animals during the drought, while allowing them to drink from a good source.

Providing cattle in Awiankanmè and Danmè, two villages in the commune of Savalou in Benin, with water in all seasons, is one of the objectives of the water troughs construction project that will soon be implemented in these localities. The project will also make it possible to settle cattle herds during the drought to prevent the animals from destroying crops.

The installations will be automated and powered by solar energy. They will be built around the two water reservoirs of Awiankanmè and Danmè built in 2019. They have capacities ranging from 20,000 to 30,000 m³.

The construction of the solar water troughs is part of the “Sustainable Livelihoods Project” (SLMP) launched in 2018. The project aims to support resilient agriculture, build sustainable livelihoods and integrate climate risk considerations into national and sub-national planning processes to reduce the vulnerability of communities to the adverse effects of climate change. The “Sustainable Livelihoods Project” covers 9 villages in 5 communes in Benin. These are Kpakpalaré and Kadolassi in the commune of Ouaké, Awiankanmè and Danmè in the commune of Savoulou, Agbodji and Sèhomi in the commune of Bopa, Sodohomè in the commune of Bohicon, Kotan and Damè-Kpossou in the commune of Avrankou.

The Sustainable Livelihoods Project is executed by the Centre for Partnership and Expertise for Sustainable Development (Ceped) in Benin, with technical and financial partners the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). The project has already led to the construction of several intelligent infrastructures in the country. These help to relieve the population and maintain their income at reasonable levels. In Benin, agriculture employs around 70% of the population and climate change is having a negative impact on this sector with the scarcity of rainfall, drought and lower yields.

Market gardening sites and water reservoirs

The setting up of market gardening sites and reservoirs is now a source of happiness for the populations of some localities in Benin, including Awiankanmè and Danmè. “Here in Awiankanmè, we were facing an increasing shortage of water. Through the Sustainable Livelihoods Project  project, the water reservoir was installed in our village. An area of 2 hectares has also been created. We highly commend this initiative. In addition to this infrastructure, we will benefit from training in market gardening,” says Roger Ahossi, the secretary general of the Savalou City Council.

Inès Magoum

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