RAIN Improves Livelihoods and Protects Watersheds through Efficient Irrigation in the High Atlas of Morocco
May 4, 2020
In Morocco, RAIN is working with local NGO RESING to address irrigation inefficiency, particularly in community nurseries and smallholder farms. To date, the project has rehabilitated roughly 1.7 km of irrigation canals in the communities of Imegdale and Ait M’hamed that had been poorly maintained, resulting in significant water leakage and reduced agricultural output. Additionally, a storage basin was constructed, benefiting 180 families, allowing them to better manage their water use and extend their growing season. The smallholder farmers’ knowledge and capacities were enhanced through trainings in water economy, irrigation techniques, community-based post-harvest processing, value-adding and marketing of their produce. Lastly, RAIN established a greenhouse nursery and associated state-of-the-art irrigation system in the Dar Taliba girls’ boarding house training center of the Ourika valley.
Backed by a $65MM investment, RAIN is The Coca-Cola Foundation’s contribution to helping Africa achieve the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals on clean water and sanitation access. By the end of 2020, RAIN aims to measurably improve the lives of at least six million people in Africa through water access sanitation and hygiene (WASH), productive use of water and watershed protection interventions. GETF manages the RAIN program for The Coca-Cola Foundation. Read more about RAIN’s work here.