International Development Enterprises / International Water Management Institute

Enabling investment in irrigation in sub-Saharan Africa

Sunday 28 August | 16.00-17.30 | Room: NL Music Hall
A sprinkler irrigation system in Ghana, photo by: Nana Kofi Acquah, IWMI

Irrigation is one of the most transformative practices for smallholder producers in the developing world and is of fundamental importance for achieving several of the SDGs, especially those related to poverty reduction, food security and nutrition, safe water supply, environmental sustainability, and climate action. In sub-Saharan Africa, greater investment in new infrastructure and water technologies by governments, the private sector, and farmers themselves are needed to expand access to water for irrigation. Yet, investments are lacking and/or constrained because the enabling institutional and policy environment is not in place and affordable, attractive and viable technologies are often unavailable. Women farmers, especially, lack access to appropriate technologies and resources.  As irrigation expands, more regulation and collective and coordinated action will be needed to address water management issues at the community level and any environmental impacts. This panel presents recent research on this complex topic in sub-Saharan Africa. Presentations will focus on creating the enabling conditions for greater investments in irrigation from the national scale to the household level. The discussion will address how policies, institutions, and technologies are interrelated, as well as the potential for expanding gender-equitable irrigation access and improving water management in this region.


Enabling investment in irrigation in sub-Saharan Africa

Time: 16:00-17:30
Date: Sunday, August 28, 2016
Room: NL Music Hall / Musiksalen
Chair/Moderator – Biniam Iyob, USAID

16:00 Welcome by Chair

Oral presentations:

16:05  Small-scale irrigation: how to ensure equity and nutrition benefits—insights from ILSSI and beyond

Dawit Mekonnen, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) 

16:20  Assessing Models of Public Private Partnerships for Irrigation Development in Africa

Ruth Meinzen-Dick, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

16:35  Insights and Opportunities from New Field Studies with Small-scale Irrigation in Tanzania, Malawi, Ethiopia, and Ghana

Jennie Barron, International Water Management Institute (IWMI)

16:50  Key investments and opportunities for private sector-led smallholder irrigation in sub-Saharan Africa: lessons from the front lines (and drip lines)

Stuart Taylor/Tim Prewitt, international Development Enterprises (iDE) 

17:05  Discussion

17:25  Summary and wrap-up by moderator, Biniam Iyob, USAID