International Symposium

On January 31st, 2018 The Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Small-Scale Irrigation (ILSSI) hosted an International Symposium on Irrigation in African Small Holder Farming Systems.  Through this symposium, ILSSI brought together experts from around the globe to share new perspectives on the current role and full potential of small-scale irrigation in African farming systems, with a focus on opportunities and constraints for investors. It highlighted emerging irrigation innovations and their application in smallholder systems. The symposium included both presentations highlighting new evidence on the potential and constraints of small-scale irrigation as well as panel discussions focusing on the insights from African policymakers, the private sectors, and donor perspectives.


Proceedings from the symposium can be viewed at the following links:  

The role of water in global food security

Rob Bertram, Chief Scientist, USAID Bureau for Food Security

The role of irrigation in sustainable intensification

Jerry Glover- Senior Sustainable Agriculture Advisor, USAID Bureau for Food Security

Supporting inclusive and sustainable farmer-led irrigation: Where are we?

Steven Schonberger, Global Lead for Water in Agriculture, World Bank

The Impact of research on Irrigation: Results of the Innovation Laboratory for Small-Scale Irrigation (ILSSI) 

- OverView of ILSSI

        Neville Clarke, Director ILSSI

- Results from the field interventions

       Nicole Lefore, IWMI

- Gender, nutrition, and other opportunities. 

      Claudia Ringler, IFPRI

      Elizabeth Bryan, IFPRI


Modeling Small Scale Irrigation impacts: Results from the Integrated Decision Support System (IDSS)

Raghavan "Srini" Srinivasan

The role of the private sector in supporting small-scale irrigation

Moderator: Phil Riddell, Director, Indo African Agricultural Capital

Panel discussants: 

-        Curt Reintsma  Food Security Partnership Specialist, USAID Bureau for Food Security

-        Nicole Lefore, IWMI

-        Linda Kwamboka,  Co-founder, M-Farm

-         Martin Fisher, Co-Founder &CEO of KickStart International. 

Converting potential to practice for small-scale irrigation in developing countries

Moderator: Timothy O. Williams, Africa Regional Director, IWMI

Panel discussants:

-        Getachew Gebru, President, Ethiopian Society of Animal Production

-        Raymond  Kayumbe, National Coordinator of the Agricultural Sector Development Program II, Tanzania

-        Mbogo Futakamba, Chair National Multi-Sectoral Water Management Committee, Tanzania

-        Ben Nyamadi, CEO, Ghana Irrigation Development

      Evelyn Namubiru –Mwaura, Vice President African Association of Agricultural Economists

Summary and conclusions

-        Nicole Lefore, IWMI


Additionally, presentations from the symposium can be found below: 

The Role of water in Global Food Security 

Agricultural Water Management for Sustainable Intensification of Smallholder Farms

Impact of research on Irrigation in Smallholder Farming Systems

Integrated modeling and scaling 

Field Interventions, Gender & Nutrition 

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