Mekuanint Tadilo, graduated with his BSc degree in Animal Sciences from Metu University, College of Agriculture and Forestry in 2019 and is currently working as an animal nutrition laboratory assistant and MSc student studying animal production at Bahir Dar University College of Agriculture and Environmental…
by Dawit Mekonnen Irrigation developers historically aimed to achieve water productivity and efficiency, and increase crop yields for food security, but this approach to irrigation may be slowly changing. A growing body of evidence is increasing our understanding of the contributions of small-scale irrigation development,…
In collaboration with the Innovation Lab for Small Scale Irrigation, last month, EcoTech Mali carried out an awareness campaign on the installation and use of solar pumps, as well as on irrigation and water retention techniques through workshops and demonstrations in 30 villages of 4…
Multiple uses of water services (MUS) for individuals and households are gaining attention for the potential to mitigate and cope with crises. ILSSI is collaborating with UN-FAO and the Household Water Insecurity Experiences Research Coordination Network (HWISE-RCN) to reexamine multiple-use water services. The initiative seeks…
by Claudia Ringler and Hua Xie It seems that joint food and energy crises have become the norm: Three have now occurred in just the last 15 years, driven by climate change and other human-made crises such as COVID-19 and the Russia- Ukraine war. All…
by Emmanuel Obuobie and Wei Zhang Reliance on groundwater for food production is expected to increase with climate change in many countries. In Africa, rising use of groundwater poses risks to water and food security, particularly without strong institutions to regulate and monitor use. Communities…
by Nicole Lefore Research scientists at Texas A & M University have completed a study with funding from USDA Foreign Agricultural Service to expand on research also supported by ILSSI and the Livestock System Innovation Lab. Initially, researchers at TAMU, International Livestock Research Institute and…
by Rosaine Yegbemey, World Vegetable Center Vegetable production in Mali has increased rapidly over the past decades. A lot of vegetable producers continue to irrigate their fields using watering cans and buckets, which is hard work and limits the scale of the operation. Nowadays, motorized…
Longtime Innovation Lab for Small Scale Irrigation research partner, Dr. Seifu Admassu Tilahun, recently joined the ILSSI team on campus at Texas A&M University, where he is on sabbatical from his position as Associate Professor of Hydrology, Faculty of Civil and Water Resources Engineering in…
by Melkamu Derseh, International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) Abate Wale is one of the early adopters of irrigated fodder production practices promoted by the USAID supported Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Small Scale Irrigation in the Robit Bata Kebele of Bahir Dar Zuria district.…
“I strongly believe that by providing girls with environments that inspire them to be their best selves, encourage non-gender norms and expectations, and expose them to a variety of different areas such as science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), we can make a difference.”
The Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Small Scale Irrigation (ILSSI) is partnering with the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) in Ghana to investigate how small scale irrigation practices can help protect Ghana’s cocoa production as climate change impacts intensify in the future.
Our Small Scale Irrigation Multi-stakeholder Dialogue Spaces bring stakeholders together to encourage collective thinking across sectors and explore new opportunities and solutions to scaling farmer-led irrigation.
A new video from ILSSI partner International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) introduces games to stimulate groundwater governance.
The Africa Water and Sanitation Week (AWSW), on 22-26 November, was convened by the African Ministers Council on Water (AMCOW) in conjunction with the African Union Commission and organized with other development partners.
by Yihun Dile The Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Small Scale Irrigation (ILSSI) recently marked a milestone toward its goal to support African scientists to become trainers on the Integrated Decision Support System (IDSS). September 20-24, 2021, Harar, Ethiopia, at the Africa Center of…
Talking with these frontrunner farmers can teach us important lessons about how to enable even more smallholders, through better access to credit and stronger value chains, to benefit from small scale irrigation.
Making financing tools and solutions more inclusive can provide women farmers with equitable opportunities for accessing irrigation equipment and succeeding in agripreneurship.
Ramla Keelson is working with PEG Africa to develop workable and targeted business models that can help increase women and youth farmers’ investment in and use of solar-powered irrigation pumps.
Researchers and businesses in Mali join forces to overcome challenges and make solar irrigation pumps available to smallholder farmers.
This video highlights the pathways from irrigation to improved nutrition and provides recommendations for policymakers, project implementers, investors, and researchers to promote more nutrition-sensitive irrigation.
“Our collaboration with the ILSSI project has enabled us to increase our milk production and sales considerably,” said Alemu Demoze, the chairman of the Genet Lerobit Dairy Cooperative in Bahir Dar Zuria district, Ethiopia.
ILSSI has been supporting irrigation equipment suppliers in Ghana to expand into new markets, including by breaking the market down into distinct segments of farmers that could access and benefit from solar-powered irrigation pumps in different ways.
A new study indicates that the solution to overcoming the credit constraints faced by farmers might be more complex than previously assumed.
Can asset-based financing enable women to invest in small scale irrigation?
“My dear woman, if scientific modeling is something you’re interested in, I strongly encourage you to go for it. Trust me, there’s real joy in ‘breaking boundaries’ doing what you love,” says Fati Aziz, Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Texas A&M University.
This internship will focus on assessing the farm-level financial feasibility for irrigated cocoa production.
“Our findings mean that farmers can invest in less fertilizer and use less water, but still get an optimum yield of African eggplant,” says former student Paul Reuben Mwinuka.
Expanding the use of small scale irrigation in Ethiopia can improve farmers’ incomes, nutrition, and livelihoods, but sustainable growth hinges on careful governance of groundwater.
Gaining access to more and better vegetable seeds represents an opportunity for smallholder farmers in Mali to grow high-value crops and improve their diets, incomes, and ability to adopt small scale irrigation technologies.
In recent years, a small scale irrigation sector has been rapidly developing in Mali, and now is the time to ensure that small irrigators also get to grow big.
When livestock is fed high-quality fodder, produced with the help of irrigation, they deliver better milk and meat, benefitting the nutritional health of their keepers and consumers. The Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Small Scale Irrigation (ILSSI) and its partners are investigating best-bet options for where and how to expand the production of irrigated fodder in Ethiopia.
In a recent webinar, scientists presented Ethiopian policymakers and practitioners with promising findings on the potential for irrigated production of livestock fodder, which could help meet important income and nutrition gaps.
“Although irrigation could potentially boost the production of livestock fodder, this practice is not common in Ethiopia. Therefore, we need to integrate fodder production with crop production to improve the livelihoods of the rural poor.”
Solar power has the potential to revolutionize water use in agriculture, providing an attractive means for farmers to irrigate their crops. This is especially the case in sub-Saharan Africa, which has among the lowest electrification access in the world and irrigation potential in dry-land regions of an additional 6-14 million hectares.
Ethiopian women have begun growing irrigated fodder crops to expand their opportunities in the dairy value chain, winning income, nutrition, and climate benefits. Coming up on this year’s International Day of Rural Women, we hear from a couple of these front-runners.
Ensuring that smallholder farmers have access to credit or other financing products is an essential requirement for expanding the use of small scale irrigation. However, lenders are often hesitant to develop products for smallholder farmers, and frontier markets imply risks that make financiers and equipment…
Ten years’ worth of effort to end hunger and eliminate poverty were celebrated when Texas A & M AgriLife hosted a virtual get-together on September 17, 2020.
Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Small Scale Irrigation (ILSSI) is partnering with the World Vegetable Center in Mali to develop a more reliable supply of vegetable seeds and promote the use of efficient irrigation methods.
Successfully designing irrigation interventions to support women’s empowerment requires concerted efforts and careful planning.