Since 2009 AfricaJUICE operates two farms in Ethiopia with a total gross area of 1,779 ha, growing a range of crops such as passion fruit, citrus, papaya and mango. The two farms are located along the Awash River, one of the largest rivers of Ethiopia. Aidenvironment was selected by AfricaJUICE and the Dutch Development Bank (FMO) to evaluate the long-term water use of and water availability to the farms of AfricaJUICE. The project was implemented in a setting where recent social tensions have had serious impact on the farm’s production.
We defined potential improvements of water management practices, after the assessment of both the long-term water use by the company and the water availability at the two farms. Solutions were provided on increasing the water buffering and water access through 3R interventions in nearby tributaries to the Awash River. Other solutions focussed on restoring degraded areas within and close to the AfricaJUICE farms. On the social part local and regional stakeholders, their attitudes and possible opportunities were identified. The advice that followed focussed on reducing the companies’ claim on land and water resources, to secure the long-term access to water for fruit production.
For more information, please contact: Rommert Schram