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Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Small Scale Irrigation

Feed the Future
Innovation Lab for Small Scale Irrigation

October 2020
Mogninet Fentea provides feed for her cows. Photo: Fikadu Tessema

Irrigation helps Ethiopian women make more of milk and other dairy products

Ethiopian women are growing irrigated fodder crops to expand their opportunities in the dairy value chain, winning income, health, and climate benefits. Coming up on this year’s International Day of Rural Women, we talked to a couple of these front-runners.

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This farmer is an outgrower working with Mashood Dori of Dori Enterprise outside of the city Wa in northern Ghana. Photo: Brian Conklin/USAID.


What women want: First steps to inclusive irrigation investments

Successfully designing irrigation interventions to support women’s empowerment requires concerted efforts and careful planning. Read more.
Misba Abdela in the field. Photo: Fikadu Tessema.

Student interview: Finding the right crop varieties for irrigated fodder production and livestock benefits in Ethiopia

Scaling up irrigated fodder production would have great benefits, including improving food security and household nutrition. Read more.
Women testing a pepper variety seed released by World Vegetable Center in Mali. Photo: World Vegetable Center.

Tapping into the potential for vegetable seed production in Mali

ILSSI is partnering with the World Vegetable Center in Mali to develop a more reliable supply of vegetable seeds and promote the use of efficient irrigation methods. Read more.
Solar powered irrigation in Zimbabwe. Photo: David Brazier / IWMI.

Second multi-stakeholder dialogue in Ghana on farmers’ access to credit for irrigation

Stakeholders from the irrigation sector in Ghana came together for a virtual meeting on August 27, 2020, to discuss how to increase smallholders' access to credit for irrigation investments. Read more.

PEG Africa: New private sector partnership

Together with the PEG Africa in Ghana, ILSSI will be working to expand farmers' access to solar-powered irrigation. We will be collaborating to develop business models and test innovative financing to equitably accelerate farmer-led irrigation.
Learn more about PEG Africa.

ILSSI and Texas A & M celebrated ten years of Feed the Future innovation labs

Ten years’ worth of effort to end hunger and eliminate poverty were celebrated when Texas A & M AgriLife hosted a virtual get-together on September 17, 2020. Read more.

Upcoming events


Innovation grant pitching event
An innovation grant pitching contest for paid innovation internships with PEG Africa. Young Ghanaian entrepreneurs, innovators, and graduates in Ghana are invited to apply.
Deadline: October 9, 2020.
Apply now.

The World Food Prize: 2020 Norman E. Borlaug International Symposium
Side event: Small scale irrigation, resilience and nutrition: Can we have it all?
Tuesday, October 13, 2020. 7:30AM CDT-8:30AM CDT
Register now.

Webinar: Irrigation development and agricultural water management in Africa: Transitioning implementation for sustainable adaptation
Thursday, October 15, 2020. 11:00AM-13:30PM GMT
Register now.

AMCOW webinar: Why water security is key in ending hunger
Wednesday, October 21. 11am-1pm WAT.
Two bags of soil with young green plants for home garden in Tanzania. Photo: Mitchell Maher / International Food Policy Institute.

Why “home garden” projects don’t always work. Insights from Ethiopia.

There are valid reasons to doubt whether these programs provide a sustainable and cost-effective way of addressing poor nutrition. Read more on The Conversation.
A faucet with running water. Photo: Dani Bradford/IFPRI.

Agricultural research responses in times of crisis

Household water security is critical for communities facing COVID-19, and ILSSI is working to provide messaging on safe water collection and consumption practices. Read more on Feed the Future.

Farmer-led irrigation:
Resources from a three-part webinar series

From June to August, 2020, the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) convened a three-part webinar series on farmer-led irrigation. Explore the recordings, documentation, and related resources here.


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This publication was made possible through support provided to the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Small Scale Irrigation through the U.S. Agency for International Development, under the terms of Contract No. AID-OAA-A-13-0005. The opinions expressed herein are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the U.S. Agency for International Development.
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Photo credits, from the top:
Fikadu Tessema/ILRI; Brian Conklin/USAID; Fikadu Tessema/ILRI; World Vegetable Center; David Brazier/IWMI; ILSSI; Mitchell Maher/IFPRI; Dani Bradford/IFPRI.