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