This project was a joint initiative between three French NGOs (IRAM, GRET, and AVSF) and the South and was carried out in Haiti, Mali, and Cambodia. The project ran from 2009 to 2012, and its objective was to improve the management of smallholder irrigation systems used in agricultural production by improving the quality and ensuring the continuity of the services available to irrigation users.
Since 2003, AVSF has been working in partnership with the Regional Coordination of South-Eastern [Smallholder] Organizations (CROSE) in the Sud-Est department of Haiti to provide structure for and help strengthen the Confédération des Usagers pour le Développement du Sud-Est (CUDES, a confederation of irrigation-user associations). CUDES, a real institutional innovation, currently comprises 12 associations from all of the department’s irrigated plains, from Anse-à-Pitre to Côte-de-Fer. This confederation represents nearly 5,000 irrigation users over an area of more than 3,000 hectares. CUDES strives to achieve the following objectives:
From 2009 to 2011, this project succeeded in strengthening CUDES and improving the water management services already offered to its 12 member organizations. It helped strengthen the pooling of services within CUDES, which a single irrigation-user organization would not be able to manage on its own.
This project received funding from the Agence Française de Développement.