Mwea irrigation scheme is well known for its mass rice production in Kenya. It covers an area of land (approx. 30,000 Acres) and is managed by the National Irrigation Board. The board is responsible for the control and maintenance of utilities in the area including road maintenance, canals clearing, water gates installation, water regulation etc. The management of this scheme has however been based on experience basis and reliance on statistics over the years in the area. Water and other amenities are however vital to the growth of rice in the scheme and each farmer, for example, has to pay for the water prior to a planting season. This allows for the access of this scarce facility in their paddy fields. Records for all land owners, who have paid for their water bills and who owns the paddy fields require good management for a smooth operation. Other data such as topomaps/toposheets for the irrigation scheme exist in paper format and thus as usual rendering some activities lengthy and tedious. In this regard, the Social Tenure Domain Model (STDM), “a pro-poor, gender responsive and participatory land information system” developed by the Global Land Tool Network (GLTN) has been implemented in the area to integrate the spatial and non-spatial components of land management system. STDM will go further in ensuring land tenure rights and better management of land records in the scheme by the board to ensure service delivery and timely planning for the scheme to foster development. It marks the transition from paper-based land record system to digital system for both the management and the public in general. The system also offer great functionality for report generation as a management measure. Reports generated feature different requirements such as water use certificates.
The STDM client component is available as a QGIS Plugin and can be accessed by installing it on your QGIS for testing and use. It’s also available on Github
For more information about STDM please refer the GLTN STDM webpage