Eswatini - Lower Usuthu Smallholder Irrigation Project (LUSIP)

Project Summary

Approval Date 27 Nov 2003
Signature Date 25 May 2004
Planned Completion Date 31 Dec 2010
Last Disbursement Planned Date 31 Dec 2010
Sovereign / Non-Sovereign Sovereign
Sector Agriculture and Rural Development
DAC Sector Code 31140
Environmental Category 1
Commitment U.A 4,674,561.38
Status Completion

Project General Description

Lower Usuthu Small-holder Irrigation Development Project is designed to support Government’s National Development Strategy by the development of the water resources of the Lower Usuthu Basin and addressing the socio-economic and legal constraints to further irrigation development. It aims the creation of employment, increased incomes, improved food security, minimization of random settlement and natural vegetation burning, intensification of production, reduced soil erosion, and supplementary input to livestock feed using farm residues and molasses. In addition, increased incomes through the project should indirectly improve health conditions through improved nutrition and possible improvement in water supply and sanitation. The expected outputs are: Under Upstream works, 200m wide concrete diversion weir, Feeder canal of capacity 13 m/s, three dams with reservoir with capacity of 155 million m3, two concrete-lined main canals 5.7 km and 24 Km long constructed as well as secondary and tertiary distribution systems for 6,500 ha developed. The project comprises four (04) main components, namely: (A) Upstream Works (including construction of 3 dams) and Distribution System, (B) Downstream Development, (C) Environmental Mitigation, and (D) Project Coordination and Management.

Project Objectives

The overall objective of the project it to reduce poverty through increased household income, enhanced food security and improved access to social and health infrastructure for the rural population by creating the conditions for the transformation of subsistence level smallholder farmers into small-scale commercial farmers.


The project is to directly benefit about 2,600 farm families with up to 15,300 members; the majority of whom were between the ages of 20 to 49 years. The direct project beneficiaries constitutes about 70% of the poor in the project area living below the poverty threshold in Eswatini.

Participating Organization

African Development Bank
Government Of Swaziland


IATI identifier 46002-P-SZ-AAC-003
Last Update 04 Dec 2021


Contact Details

Name SOLIMAN Wael Mohamed Roshdy

Geographic Location

Country Eswatini