Recovery of Economy for Earthquake Affected Families in Sigi District, Central Sulawesi

ADRA Indonesia is implementing Recovery of Economy for Earthquake Affected Families (REEF) Project in Sigi district. REEF Project is a twelve months project funded and supported by Swiss Solidarity (SwS) and ADRA Switzerland. The target of this project is to help 1.000 families cultivate their agriculture land. It is continuously implementing at field level since June 01, 2019 and completed third months duration. The project is running in close coordination with line agencies, national and local stakeholders as well as active participation of the beneficiaries.

There are three major activities in this project; (1) Irrigation system repaired and land restored to support agriculture in Pulu, Jono, Poi and Bangga of Sigi District, (2) Increased community engagement in the process of restoring the irrigation canals, (3) Cash for agricultural inputs are provided to 400 households. The first major activity started on July 1st, 2019. REEF project conducted assessment together with volunteers and representatives of water-user association in the four villages to draw the dimensions of the damage of the canals to repair it. So far, the village that got repaired is Pulu Village. Now the team is going to continue to three other villages. The output of it is 2.308 meters of irrigration canals will be repaired in those four villages. These are the benefits that villagers will receive from the repairation of irrigation canals:

• The temporary irrigation/open ditch irrigation become irrigation permanent helps avoid water seepage.

• With proper maintenance, drainage systems give relatively long life.

• The number of agriculture lands and water user of irrigation increase in the near future.

Irrigation system repaired and land restored to support agriculture in Pulu, Jono, Poi and Bangga of Sigi District

Increased community engagement in the process of restoring the irrigation canals

The second major activity is increased community engagement in the process of restoring the irrigation canals. By that, ADRA formed Cash for Work (CFW). The age of CFW participants must not be under 17 years of age. Participants are selected according to criteria and physical condition in a healthy or not sick condition.To provide social security and protection for workers, workers receive BPJS employment. CFW works is 20 days and required to finish the whole process of CFW. Works start on August 26th, 2019 and will be finished on October 27th, 2019, it has different date per village. Cash distribution by each 5 days or week interval.

There are two activities follow-up from CFW, namely; training for P3A (Perkumpulan Petani Pemakai Air) or Farmer Water User Association management on how to make a work plan and irrigation reconstruction or rehabilitation proposal and this training would involve PUPR. And the preparation/socialization/briefing of CFWs with selected CFW participants so that participants know clearly the work to be done, working hours, rules, safety and security, stipend and payment systems. These two activities started on beginning of October 2019. The third major activity is cash for agricultural inputs that will provided to 400 households. In order to restart agriculture business, the farmers need agriculture inputs such as fertilizer, seeds and pesticides. They need a minimum of IDR 3 million to IDR 5 million to purchase the agricultural inputs. This project will utilize conditional, restricted cash transfer and conditional unrestricted CFW modality using the regional bank of Bank Sulawesi Tengah (Bank Sulteng).

Bank Sulteng is owned by Central Sulawesi Government and ADRA Indonesia is already using their services for cash transfer program on early livelihood recovery in Sigi District. In collaboration with Bank Sulteng, the project team will work with existing suppliers recommended by the regional bank where beneficiaries can make purchases without cash. The project will also identify local suppliers, vendors and connect to the Bank Sulteng to become part of the recommended suppliers from whom beneficiaries purchase agriculture inputs. Once a simple business plan has been completed by the beneficiaries, they should submit ID card to get a bank account and the bank will issue the card which can be used in the selected suppliers/vendors to purchase agriculture inputs. Indeed, the beneficiaries can also purchase agriculture tools or equipment according to their urgent needs to starting their agriculture business.

Having irrigation facilities is the key dynamic factor for the improvement in the agricultural sector. By doing this Recovery of Economy for Earthquake Affected Families in Sigi District, Central Sulawesi by ADRA Indonesia, ADRA Switzerland, and Swiss Solidarity, people in Sigi District take leading role for the economic empowerment of the people. Project activities are being implemented smoothly at the field.

Cash for agricultural inputs are provided to 400 households