About

The Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Small-Scale Irrigation is a five-year project that aims to benefit farmers of Ethiopia, Ghana, and Tanzania by improving effective use of scarce water supplies through interventions in small-scale irrigation. It is a part of the U.S. Government’s Feed the Future Initiative.

The four major project components

  • identifying promising, context-appropriate, small-scale irrigation interventions, management, and practices for poverty reduction and improved nutrition outcomes;
  • evaluating production, environmental, economic, nutritional, and gender impacts, trade-offs, and synergies of small-scale irrigation technologies and practices;
  • identifying key constraints and opportunities to improve access to small-scale irrigation technologies and practices; and
  • capacity development and stakeholder engagement.

Approach

To accomplish these objectives, we are addressing: possible biophysical, infrastructure, economic, and societal constraints; location-specific natural resources, societal constraints, and needs of women and men; and impacts on food production, agricultural input requirements, societal constraints, and impacts on land and water resources.

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Partners

The following bullet points summarize the areas of leadership for the partners in this cooperative agreement. There is substantial overlap in responsibilities among and between the partners. Each partner brings a wealth of background, experience, and established presence and engagement in the target countries.

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  • Integrated Decision Support System (IDSS) Training (APEX, SWAT, FARMSIM) for National Stakeholders
  • IDSS Model and Database Improvement, Maintenance, and Distribution
  • Assessment of Production, Environmental, and Economic Impacts of Promising Small-Scale Irrigation Technologies
  • Reporting to and liaising with USAID representatives
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  • Identification of Promising Small-Scale Irrigation Technologies
  • Communication with National Irrigation R&D Organizations
  • Data Collection and Field Testing for Promising Small-Scale Irrigation Technologies
  • Assisting Borlaug in Model Parameterization, Improvement, Training, and Impact Assessment
  • Assisting IFPRI in Analysis of Gender, Labor, and Nutritional Impacts
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  • Identification of Promising Small-Scale Irrigation Technologies (for Livestock)
  • Field Testing of Promising Small-Scale Irrigation Technologies (for Livestock)
  • Assisting Borlaug in Model Parameterization, Improvement, and Training (for Livestock)
  • Assisting IFPRI in Analysis of Gender, Labor, and Nutritional Impacts (for Livestock)
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  • Collection of Data and Analysis of Gender, Labor, Nutritional, and Health Impacts of Small-Scale Irrigation Technologies
  • Assessment of Production, Environmental, and Economic Impacts of Promising Small-Scale Irrigation Technologies
  • Assessing potential for Upscaling of Small-Scale Irrigation Technologies
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  • Identification of Promising Small-Scale Irrigation Technologies
  • Assisting Borlaug in IDSS Training and Model Parameterization
  • Assisting IWMI in Field Testing for Promising Small-Scale Irrigation Technologies

Principle Partner Contacts

Name Institution
Nicole Lefore Texas A&M AgriLife Research
Ringler Claudia International Food Policy Research Institute
Olufunke Cofie International Water Management Institute
Melkamu Derseh International Livestock Research Institute

AgriLife

Name Title
James Richardson Professor, Department of Agricultural Economics
Raghavan Srinivasan Professor, Departments of Ecosystem Science and Management and Biological and Agricultural Engineering
Brian Herbst Research Associate, Department of Agricultural Economics
Thomas Gerik Resident Director, Temple Research and Extension Center
Jean Claude Bizimana Research Scientist
Jimmy Williams Senior Research Scientist, Temple Research and Extension Center
Yihun Dile Post Doctoral Fellow
Abeyou Worqlul Post Doctoral Fellow
Javier Osorio Research Scientist
Jaehak Jeong Senior Research Scientist, Temple Research and Extension Center

IFPRI

Name Title
Hua Xie Research Fellow
Liang You Senior Research Fellow
Ulrike Wood-Sichara Research Analyst
Dawit Mekonnen Post-Doctoral Fellow
Elizabeth Bryan Senior Research Analyst
Weston Anderson Senior Research Assistant
Quinn Bernier Research Analyst
Ruth Meinzen-Dick Senior Research Fellow
Sophie Theis Research Analyst
Laia Domenech Visiting research fellow
Timothy Johnson Senior Research Assistant

ILRI

Name Title
Berhanu Gebremedhin Economist
Aberra Adie Senior Research Assistant
Ben Lukuyu Feeds Specialist
Augustine Ayantunde Feeds Specialist

IWMI

Name Title
Gebrehawaria Gebreegziabher Senior Regional Researcher
Petra Schmitter International Researcher
Davie Kadyampakeni International Researcher
Prossie Nakawuka Post-Doctoral fellow
Meredith Giordano Principle Researcher
Amare H. Selassie NRM Scientist

NC A&T

Name Title
Manoj Jha Associate Professor, Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering
Joshua Idassi Natural Resources Extension Specialist, North Carolina Cooperative Extension
Tewodros Assefa Ph.D. student, Energy and Environmental Systems
Mariana McKim M.S. student, Agricultural Education