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Smallholder Irrigation Promotion in Semi-arid Areas



To promote smallholder irrigation in semi-arid areas, initially based on low-pressure drip irrigation and treadle pumps.


Draft Type 2 partnership: Main Objectives

To promote small-holder irrigation in semi-arid areas in order to attain:

Increased food security at house hold, local and national levels

Increased capacity for adaptive research and extension

Increased and diversified incomes for resource poor farmers


Proposed outcomes

A inter-disciplinary steering committee by Dec. 2002 (See below for membership)

Concrete project proposal for donor consideration by June 2003 (Specific chapters and actions involved already identified)

Pilot project location: Kenya

Target outreach: 10-20 million resource poor households


Initial work programme:

December 2002:

Establish steering committee and interdisciplinary partners – representing all stakeholders

Establish individual / organisational roles for steering committee members

Oct 2002- May 2003: Project development and drafting of funding proposal

Kenyan stakeholders and Agri SA  to draft initial funding proposal

IFAP – KNFU to co-ordinate with research centres

NORAGRIC and University of Wageningen to integrate socio-economic aspects and interdisciplinary approaches

CGIAR: To address links with the its Future Challenge Programme (Francis)

Early 2003; IC Follow-up and planning meeting for steering committee to be held for project partners

June 2003: Submission of project funding proposal

December 2003: Approvals and submission to donors have been achieved


Initial steering committee partners:

Agric SA, CARE Kenya, IFAP, Kenya Agricultural Research Institute (KARI), Kenyan National Farmers Union, Kenyan Ministry for Agriculture and Rural Development, Noragric Centre for Environment and Development Studies, University of Wageningen and Winrock International


Additional Background Information

Lessons Learnt: The resultant action plan was developed on the basis of lessons learnt from a review of the following case studies:

Kenyan Small-Scale Irrigation Programme

SAPWAT Initiative

Sustainability of Multi-stakeholder platforms for integrated catchment management (MSPICM)

ISNAR’s approaches to multi-stakeholder partnerships

Nigeria’s irrigation schemes

Improving rural incomes for smallholder irrigation farmers in Kibwezi, Kenya, through rural enterprise agro-business promotion (REAP) (CARE Kenya)

The following Project guidelines and challenges were identified:

Participatory research and development

Holistic approach

Multi-stakeholder collaboration and joint ownership

Transparent, accountable and understood policy and governance

Sustainability: environmental, financial and managerial

Conflict management capacity

Stakeholder empowerment

Ensuring participation throughout the process

Influencing the policy agenda

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