Kochano Manz Beela crops are safe from floods
In 2015, the MADERA NSP team met with the people of Kochano Manz Beela, a remote village of Kunar province, located next to the Kunar river. The village Community Development Council (CDC) mentioned some of the people’s main concerns among which the regular seasonal floods.
Kunar is particularly prone to natural disaster, especially to floods that damage hundreds of hectares every year. In an area where people mainly rely on agriculture for their livelihoods, loss of crops can have disastrous consequences for the affected families. To be able to recover, families sometimes develop coping strategies such as selling livestock, taking loans that leads to even more fragile situations on the long term.
The construction of a protection wall came as a crucial need to prevent floods from destroying the villagers’ crops. MADERA’s engineer surveyed the location and designed the plan. In January 2015, the construction of the wall began on the river bank. The wall constructed is 55 meter long, 1.5 meter high, and 0.6 meter (top) to 1.30 meter (bottom) wide.
Villagers work on the construction of the wall. Within the NSP, villagers contribute up to 10% of the cost of the project while the rest is financed by the MRRD.
Thanks to this protection wall, people from Kochano Manz Beela will be better prepare to face the rainy season that often leads to floods. By protecting their crops from being destroyed by the Kunar river, this wall will enable farmers to harvest greater quantity thus improving the food security of the whole village.
During the summer 2014, Haji Mohammad Hasham, a village elder, lost 2 jeribs (0.5 hectare) of cultivated maize and rice due to the floods that affected Kunar in 2015.
When he learned about the protection wall idea, he was very much in favor of its construction. Indeed, thanks to the wall, Hali Mohammad Hasham, can now sow his seeds without worrying of losing his crops to future floods.
Construction of the wall is now finished and protects cultivated areas on its right from the river on its left.