Impact of subsidies on efficient water technology uptake within agriculture

Sunday 23 August | 16.00-17.30 | Room: FH Little Theatre
World Bank Group - Dominic Sansoni

The seminar will take the format of several short presentations based in case studies of subsidies in developing markets, followed by a roundtable discussion with the audience.  The event will allow participants to evaluate differing perspectives and experiences regarding the use of subsidies to create uptake, market acceptance and sustainable impact of new technologies for water access and household livelihoods.  The initial presentation will assess private sector perspectives on the impact of subsidies for equipment to access and distribute irrigation water in India, Morocco, Burkina Faso and Zambia and will be presented by IFC.  The second presentation will be made by ICARDA based on an assessment of the feasibility of solar energy as primary power source to pump irrigation water in Morocco. This assesses the implications of switching from the ongoing use of subsidized butane gas to solar energy, the anticipated impact on the government’s budget, feasibility of initial capital subsidy for solar panels, and emissions of petroleum-based pollutants on the environment from solar energy vis-à-vis LPG.  Further discussion of the wider implications for domestic water access and muti-use systems will also be part of this event.

Programme

“Impact of subsidies on efficient water technology uptake within agriculture” (ref: 4939)

Part I - Introduction
 

16:00 -  “The relevance of subsidies to promote efficient irrigation technologies to World Bank Group’s operations. Specific programmatic example of the Sahel Irrigation Initiative.” 

Introduction by the World Bank Group


Part II - Regional Experiences
 
16:10 - Rwanda: “Promotion of efficient irrigation technologies in Rwanda and prospects for scalability in the region” 
Richard Colback, International Finance Corporation, the World Bank Group


16:20 -  India: “Experience with subsidies to promote efficient irrigation technologies in India: lessons from selected states”
Oksana Nagayets, International Finance Corporation, the World Bank Group

16:30 - Morocco: “The use of subsidies for solar energy and efficient irrigation technologies in Morocco” (based on report by H. Serghini, R. Telleria, A. Singhabhandhu, A. Laamari and A. Aw-Hassan)
Aden Aw-Hassan, International Center for Agriculture Research in the Dry Areas

Part III - Panel Discussion and Q&A

16:45 - Panel discussion
 “Impact of subsidies on technology adoption and private sector behaviour. Lessons for countries considering implementation of similar policies.”
 Private sector companies
• Research institutions
• NGOs

17:10                Questions and answers
17:25                Summary and wrap-up