March 19, 2019
On March 10, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) signed a Record of Discussions with the Government of the Republic of Djibouti in the capital of Djibouti for the Project for Advanced and Sustainable Methods on Water Utilization Associated with Greening Potential Evaluation in Djibouti, Science and Technology Research Partnership for Sustainable Development (SATREPS) .
Djibouti has a severe climate, with the summer temperatures that exceed 40° C and an annual rainfall between 50 and 200 millimeters. Because of this, most food must be imported, and issues such as poverty and low food self-sufficiency must be solved. The Government of Djibouti has prioritized sustainable water management as a policy issue.
The project will establish techniques for efficient use and sustainable management of water resource in the arid region of Djibouti, and maps showing potentials of regional water resource and greening will be developed and shared. These initiatives will contribute to the proposal of a sustainable agriculture and greening model for Djibouti.
: SATREPS is a joint research program that links Japan with universities and research agencies in developing countries to develop and apply new technology and acquire new scientific knowledge. These efforts are aimed to address global issues, including those related to the environment, energy, biological resources, disaster risk reduction and infectious diseases, and support independence and sustainable development in developing countries. SATREPS aims to advance solutions to challenges while improving the research level at universities and research agencies in developing countries and strengthening the overall capacity to work on such issues.
Details for the project are provided below.
Basic project information
Country: Republic of Djibouti
Project title: The Project for Advanced and Sustainable Methods on Water Utilization Associated with Greening Potential Evaluation in Djibouti
Planned implementation period: June 2019 to May 2024 (60 months)
Executing agency: University of Djibouti
Affiliated agencies: Research Center of the University of Djibouti (RC), Department of Agriculture and Forest (DAF) of Ministry of Agriculture, Fishery and Livestock in Charge of Marine Resources (MAEPE-RH), Center for study and research of Djibouti (CERD)
Target region: Throughout Djibouti
Japanese cooperation agencies: Tokyo University of Agriculture, Kyoto University, Nagasaki University, Akita University, Geosphere Environmental Technology Corporation, Oriental Consultants Global Co., Ltd.
Specific project details:
(1) Improvement of a water cycle simulation model
(2) Development of techniques for evaluating the potential for greening and agriculture
(3) Validation of sustainable farming methods on pilot farms
(4) Development of techniques for greening barren land
(5) Extending and publicizing the sustainable agriculture and greening models