Irrigation for Farmers in Northern Afghanistan
Over the years, our team has implemented more than 60 projects in Afghanistan in the past two decades. These projects have varied in type and scope, and have included building schools and clinics, refugee resettlement, school feeding programs, microfinance, road building, and agricultural programs.
Of all the various kinds of projects one of the most important has been building and rehabilitating irrigation systems. These systems have changed land that was prone to flooding and erosion to stable parcels of productive farmland. Fields that once depended on rain-fed streams and small poorly-maintained canals now receive regular and well-regulated water supplies from canals and reservoirs. This has enabled farmers to produce more and better field crops and fruit trees, and so increase their income and help their families and communities. Increased planting has also improved soil stability and water table levels. In 2015 alone SFL built and improved 62 kilometers (39 miles) of irrigation systems.
These photos show a reservoir and the agricultural land it helps supply with water, including young trees that will one day produce fruit and whose roots are helping to stabilize the soil.