The project will focus on enhancing the ability of the local population to deal with impacts of climate change by financing sustainable water supply systems, sanitation measures and introducing improved agriculture practices to make farming more resilient.
The initiative is jointly financed by the government, Germany and the Green Climate Fund (GCF) through the German Development Bank (KfW), it said in a statement.
The project which will cost a whopping euros 171 million (446bn/-) will be implemented by the Ministry of Water in tandem with the Simiyu regional secretariat.
The initiative focuses on Simiyu region, where rainfall is becoming ever more unpredictable while droughts and floods have become more frequent.
“It also aims at improving living conditions by addressing areas most affected by climate change: the supply of clean and safe drinking water, sanitation and agriculture,” the statement noted.
So far, water supply has been a major challenge in the region, where only about 40 percent of the urban and 20 percent of the rural population have access to clean drinking water, often from further dwindling local sources.
The project will finance the construction of a large-scale water supply system from Lake Victoria, covering three districts of Busega, Bariadi and Itilima, as well as improved sanitation and climate-adapted agricultural practices.
“Germany has been a key development partner in the Tanzanian water sector for over 25 years. We are proud to support the government on its path to ensure access to clean water for all by 2025,” the statement underlined.
German Ambassador to Tanzania, Dr Detlef Waechter, said the project is a milestone towards improved sanitation and climate-adapted agriculture practices. “The Simiyu project has the potential to substantially increase the climate resilience of rural and urban households, particularly small scale farmers and women,” he pointed out.
Dr Klaus Müller, Director East Africa, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and African Union at KfW said the project will secure the livelihoods of almost half a million people in the semi-arid north-west of Tanzania, a region that is particularly affected by the negative impact of climate change.
The contributions from Germany and the Green Climate Fund will be channelled through KfW, building on its long-standing partnership with the Ministry of Water. It is the first GCF-funded project in Tanzania and one of the largest grant commitments the Green Climate Fund has ever made, the statement added.