The importance of learning processes in transitioning small-scale irrigation schemes

Parry, K and van Rooyen, A F and Bjornlund, H and Kissoly, L and Moyo, M and de Sousa, W (2020) The importance of learning processes in transitioning small-scale irrigation schemes. International Journal of Water Resources Development (TSI). pp. 1-25. ISSN 0790-0627

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Many small-scale irrigation schemes are dysfunctional, and learning, innovation and evaluation are required to facilitate sustainable transitions. Using quantitative and qualitative data from five irrigation schemes in sub-Saharan Africa, we analyze how learning and change arose in response to: soil monitoring tools, which triggered a deep learning cycle; and agricultural innovation platforms, which helped develop a social learning system. Knowledge generation and innovation were driven by the incentives of more profitable farming. Learning and change spread to farmers without the tools, and learning at different levels resulted in extension and governance stakeholders facilitating profound institutional change.

Item Type: Article
Divisions: Research Program : East & Southern Africa
CRP: CGIAR Research Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems (WLE)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Government-owned smallscale irrigation schemes, Learning system, Innovation, Mozambique, Tanzania, Zimbabwe
Subjects: Others > Tanzania
Others > Irrigation
Others > Agriculture-Farming, Production, Technology, Economics
Others > Zimbabwe
Others > Mozambique
Depositing User: Mr Arun S
Date Deposited: 13 Sep 2020 15:08
Last Modified: 13 Sep 2020 15:08
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Acknowledgement: This study was part of the project Transforming Small-Scale Irrigation in Southern Africa, partially funded by the Australian government via the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (FSC-2013-006 and LWR/2016/137); CGIAR’s Research Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems; and CGIAR Fund Donors.
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