Transforming smallholder irrigation schemes in Africa

Pittock, J and Ramshaw, P and Bjornlund, H and Kimaro, E and Mdemu, M V and Moyo, M and Ndema, S and Van Rooyen, A F and Stirzaker, R and de Sousa, W (2018) Transforming smallholder irrigation schemes in Africa. Monograph. Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR).

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Research Program : East & Southern Africa
Research Program : Innovation Systems for the Drylands (ISD)

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This publication is a guide to help farmers become more profitable and sustainable. Across Africa, smallholder irrigation schemes have performed poorly, leading to calls for their ‘revitalisation’, ‘reoperation’ or ‘rehabilitation’. The authors present knowledge generated through four years of research intervention at six irrigation schemes in Mozambique, Tanzania and Zimbabwe, and their understanding of what has worked to turn five of into successful enterprises. A summary of the best advice on good practices needed for more sustainable irrigation is presented. Each intervention can be considered alone, although a number of different complementary interventions are usually required to achieve better socioeconomic and environmental outcomes. The ideas described in the publication were developed through the project Increasing irrigation water productivity in Mozambique, Tanzania and Zimbabwe through on-farm monitoring, adaptive management and agricultural innovation platforms that was largely funded by ACAIR project FSC/2013/006.

Item Type: Monograph (Monograph)
Divisions: Research Program : East & Southern Africa
Research Program : Innovation Systems for the Drylands (ISD)
Series Name: ACIAR Monograph No. 202
Uncontrolled Keywords: Mozambique, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, smallholder irrigation schemes, sustainable irrigation, sustainable irrigation, agricultural innovation platforms, monitoring, evaluating and learning, soil and water, irrigation scheme, market linkage
Subjects: Others > Smallholder Farmers
Others > Smallholder Agriculture
Others > Tanzania
Others > Irrigation
Others > Water Resources
Others > African Agriculture
Others > Africa
Others > Zimbabwe
Others > Mozambique
Depositing User: Mr Ramesh K
Date Deposited: 15 Oct 2018 10:30
Last Modified: 15 Oct 2018 10:34
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