Communal irrigation systems in South-Eastern Africa: findings on productivity and profitability uri icon

abstract

  • Significant expansion of irrigated agriculture is planned in Africa,though existing smallholder schemes perform poorly. Research atsix schemes in Mozambique, Tanzania and Zimbabwe shows thata range of problems are exacerbated by poor management, withlimited market linkages leading to underutilization and a lack ofprofit. Improving sustainability of these complex systems will require:multiple interventions at different scales; investing in people andinstitutions as much as hardware; clarity in governments? objectivesfor their smallholder irrigation schemes; appropriate business modelsto enable farmers; and better market linkages

publication date

  • 2017
  • 2017