|The regions along the Shabelle and Juba Rivers are often described as the bread basket of Somalia. Before the civil strife, this region enjoyed a vibrant irrigation system that made it possible to produce tonnes of food both for local consumption and export. But many years of civil strife left the system in need of rehabilitation. To make meaningful and strategic rehabilitation possible, SWALIM and partners recognised the need for a central source of information on the irrigation infrastructure status, interventions and agriculture.
This Irrigation Information Management System was developed to provide users with a platform to discover what is available, query the system for specifi c datasets, carry out basic analysis, print maps and also download and transfer data and information to typical desktop data processing and presentation applications. The system consists of four modules: Irrigation infrastructure module captures data on canals, barrages, bridges and culverts. Agriculture module, consisting of schemes, soil types and crops grown. Climate module that consists of location of weather stations. Intervention module consists of information on activities of various agencies involved in irrigation interventions in Southern Somalia.
The system is designed to run on Arc Reader and is available on request from SWALIM by sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org