Water experts estimate that only 4 to 7 percent of arable land is irrigated in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), the lowest ratio across the world. A new special series on small-scale communal irrigation in South-Eastern Africa is calling for donors to develop a viable, sustainable and inclusive business model for small-scale public irrigation schemes in Sub-Saharan Africa.
In the first phase of the Africa RISING project in the Ethiopian highlands, IWMI investigated technologies that could improve farmers’ access and use of the available water in their surroundings for better agricultural production and productivity.
Meeting the Sustainable Development Goals on hunger and poverty will require a 50 percent increase in food production in the next 15 years. In fact, a global food revolution is urgently needed, argues a recent paper by a number of leading scientists working with WLE.
Researchers from ICARDA, IWMI, WLE and the University of East Anglia are warning that large-scale irrigation systems (LSIS) are underperforming, which poses a threat to food production in the developing world.
India has a new climate-smart cash crop: Sunshine. The sun increasingly is powering irrigation pumps on farms, and to avoid over-pumping of groundwater researchers have helped enable farmers to sell back surplus solar power to the utility grid.
The Support to the Horn of Africa Resilience (SHARE) project aims to conserve biodiversity and ecosystem functions and services in the Bale Eco-Region (BER) of Ethiopia and improve the well being of communities that depend on these functions and services.
IFPRI has published a report on its work with Public Private Partnerships (PPP's) for irrigation in Africa, which is an outcome of their work assessing the potential benefits and drawbacks of using PPP's as a way to sustainably manage and develop irrigation schemes.