Agricultural Water Management (AWM) Landscape Analysis: Assessing the feasibility and protential impacts of on-farm water control interventions in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia

Published on 4 March 2010

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Start Date: 1 January 2009 | End Date: 31 December 2011


The project aims to improve the livelihoods of millions poor women and men farmers by providing investors, policymakers and implementers concrete knowledge and tools to make agricultural water management (AWM) interventions more successful in terms of benefiting the greatest number of poor women and men at the least social and environmental cost. Sound AWM is a proven factor in rural poverty reduction but in many places the rural poor have no access to or limited control over water resources. This proposal describes a 3-year program to evaluate options for improving smallholder AWM and to create and disseminate a portfolio of promising interventions that can be deployed in support of agrarian poverty reduction for female and male smallholders in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) and South Asia (SA). The project will assess promising, pro-poor AWM interventions and their ‘market potential’, analyze which technologies ‘fit’ in which environments, recommend out-scaling strategies, and assess environmental risks. The project will utilize a nested scale approach to examine AWM interventions at the farm-, community-, watershed, and national levels in selected countries in SSA and Indian states. The results will be presented in country level investment guides for selected countries and as far as possible be scaled-out to the regional level to assess the potential, costs and benefits of smallholder AWM potential across SSA and SA.

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