Year 2020 Guatemala

Purpose

Help smallholder farmers conserve water and improve crop yields threatened by unpredictable rainfall and heatwaves.

 

Local Climate Threats

Community members from Santa Clara La Laguna report the following impacts:

Declining crop yields

due to rising temperatures and a lack of rain

Increased prevalence of pests and diseases

affecting crops and natural vegetation

Water scarcity

due to sporadic rainfall

Changes in farming practices

such as crop type and timing, to compensate for erratic rainfall and seasonal shifts

More people seeking additional livelihood opportunities

to supplement or replace farming income.

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Activities

Identification of drip irrigation sites.

Training of local community members

on drip irrigation installation and maintenance.

Purchase of materials

necessary for the drip irrigation system. The system required PVC tubing, 200 gallon capacity water holding tanks, filters, valves and water distribution tanks.

Installation of irrigation systems

on four plots of land using the help of the farming families.

Follow up with families

and inspect irrigation system functionality as well as water rate.

Testing of water levels

and rates for continued monitoring.

project outcomes

Improved water security for 14 families

Drip irrigation system installed on 3 acres of land

31 people trained in drip-irrigation system management and maintenance

Did you know?

Drip irrigation systems can increase water efficiency by up to 40-70% compared to other forms of irrigation, such as sprinkler systems.* Additionally, drip irrigation systems require less energy, time, and maintenance.

project design

Declining rainfall threatens subsistence farming in Santa Clara La Laguna. Led by a local Peace Corps volunteer, this project aimed to help smallholder farmers conserve water and increase crop yields by installing a drip irrigation system. The system conserves water by reducing the amount lost to evaporation, by current conventional irrigation techniques, while providing crops with a consistent source of targeted irrigation, regardless of rainfall.

*Siobhan Fathel. "Drip Irrigation can Save Energy and Money." Pennsylvania State University, 2020.

11,000 yards of dripline irrigation installed over 3 acres of farmland