Due to the lack of rainfall last month, there has been a massive drought across Yemen. Farmers in Sana’a, like those in Haraz, have found it difficult to supply water to their coffee crops. As a result, Y30D, our sister organization on the ground, recommended that farmers who possess their own land build their own water basin. By digging a 20m³ hole (5m x 2m x 2m), farmers can save up to 20,000 litres of water and secure their coffee crops. To keep the water clean and limit evaporation, a plastic sheet is placed at the bottom of the basin and a metal roof is built over it. Y30D provides the farmers with the materials needed to build the tanks. With these personal basins, farmers will be independent of water in the future and will no longer be dependent on fluctuating rainfall or the water supply of the Basin of Hope N1.
Last week, on Monday 13 June 2022, a farmer implemented our recommendations. You can see the results in these videos. This week, another farmer decided to build his own water basin. The whole Y30 team is delighted with these results and hope that all farmers in Yemen will follow this example!