Water Management for Enhanced Productivity
The strategic goal of USAID investments in Pakistan?s North Western province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) is to support the Government of Pakistan (GoP) in accelerating socio-economic development and political stability. USAID is a significant development partner in this area of Pakistan having made substantial investments in Gomal Zamm Dam (GZD) and the associated irrigation system and command area development. Gomal Zam Command Area Development (GZCAD) contributes to this strategic goal by developing natural resources (land and water) and human capital to increase income and improve livelihoods through improved commercial agricultural practices. While much of the engineering infrastructure, including the GZD project is largely complete, the governance and management arrangements lag behind the infrastructure development. The lack of progress on governance and management is constraining the realization of the anticipated dividends from the investment in irrigated agriculture. This project ?Water Management for Enhanced Productivity (WMfEP)? will address the gap between infrastructure development and governance and management arrangements for water, land, and labor resources to achieve four development outcomes to support achieving the strategic goal. The development outcomes of the proposed Project ?Water Management for Enhanced Productivity? are: Outcome 1: GZCAD Operationalized Outcome 2: Improved capacity of GoKP relevant agencies/staff in planning, design and implementation of water resources development Outcome 3: Strengthened agricultural water management and governance in KP Outcome 4: Increased Afghanistan-Pakistan collaboration on water policy, practices, and water sector challenges common to each The Project will reduce constraints to productive and sustainable use of water for agricultural production at the Gomal Zam irrigation scheme. Improved arrangements for water governance and management in the area will enable increased farm household income and improved livelihoods to contribute to socio-economic development and political stability in the merged province.