Community Irrigation Project is being implemented by Department of Local Infrastructure Development and Agricultural Roads (DOLIDAR) with grant support from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) to develop or improve small-scale irrigation systems in 12 districts (Kanchanpur, Kailali, Dang, Kapilvastu in the Terai plains; Doti, Salyan, Rukum, Rolpa, Pyuthan in the hills; and Bajhang, Jumla, Mugu in the mountains) in Nepal through a community-driven process targeted at the poor, women, and other disadvantaged groups.
The targeted communities will intensify and diversify agricultural practices toward higher value crops. With efficient utilization, more reliable and available irrigation water, acquired irrigated agricultural skills, and better access to production inputs, crop yields are expected to increase by at least 15% in the subprojects within 5 years of construction. The project will develop or improve small-scale irrigation systems covering 17,000 ha in 12 districts in Nepal through a community-driven process targeted to the poor farmers and other disadvantaged groups. The project will include surface water irrigation schemes and shallow tube well irrigation schemes in blocks of at least 40 ha.CMS is undertaking consulting assignment under the joint venture partnership with Sustainable Infrastructure Development Foundation; Karnali Integrated Rural Development and Research Centre; and Social Empowerment and Building Accessibility Center Nepal.CMS as a lead firm, is responsible for: Project Management and Implementation support to PCU; assistance in the identification and screening of potential subprojects; strengthening water users association (WUAs); undertaking feasibility assessments of screened subprojects using a comprehensive participatory approach; prepare detailed designs and bill of quantities (BOQs); support to water users association (WUAs) in undertaking subproject irrigation works and supervising construction; and developing and implementing agricultural extension programs and linkages to other agricultural support programs. The total duration of the consulting assignment is 56 months starting from July 2012.