Formal and informal community leaders (UNDP Turkmenistan/Photo 5) played a decisive role in creating bridges of confidence between UNDP team and the local farmers. Once the mutual trust was built, the full-scale operations unfolded.
Together with the local communities, the teams have come up with the support package, comprising of what were considered the game-changers - local capacity development, along with the infrustructure restoration. Accordinly, UNDP has created local consultation centers with the capacity to reach to local farmers and explain the most suitable response to the emerging challenges. In parralel, UNDP and the local communities have identified the local infrustructure restoration initiatives with the highest impact.
As a result:
1. The 30 km long drainage canal has been cleaned up
2. 6 water regulating devices have been installed
3. Land leveling at 25 ha of farming land has been conducted
4. Pumps, a transformer and power lines were installed for more than 2 km for pumping drainage water from the irrigated area of the Garagum cattle breeding farm to the main collector
Over 100 farmers have received consultations on the modern farming and irrigation techniques through the regular dialogue and so-called field days , when the local farmers, academics and specialists from the local organizations discussed the principles of the rational use of water and soil.