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Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Small Scale Irrigation

Feed the Future
Innovation Lab for Small Scale Irrigation

March 2021

Breaking new ground with groundwater games in Ethiopia

Behavioral games allow communities that use groundwater for irrigation to experiment with possible future realities, strengthening their shared understanding of groundwater decisions and related consequences.

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Boosting small scale irrigation in Mali by training vegetable seed producers

Gaining access to more and better vegetable seeds represents an opportunity for smallholder farmers in Mali to grow high-value crops and improve their diets, incomes, and ability to invest in small scale irrigation technologies. Read more.

Understanding how small scale irrigation can grow big benefits in Mali

To speed up expansion of small scale irrigation, ILSSI and partners are working with stakeholders in Mali to map actors in the sector, improve information flows, and strengthen relationships. Read more.

New technologies could help farmers boost traditional crops in Tanzania

"Our findings mean that farmers can invest in less fertilizer and use less water, but still get an optimum yield of African eggplant," says former student Paul Reuben Mwinuka. Read more.

Updates from ILSSI's latest virtual research meeting

On March 16, 2021, the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Small Scale Irrigation (ILSSI) held our first internal research meeting for partners to highlight their recent work. The four presentations and Q&A reflected the inter-disciplinary approach of ILSSI researchers and will enable us to remain collaborative across partners. Be on the lookout for our next meeting later this year, but until then, you can view all of the following presentations:

Solar or diesel? Unlocking groundwater’s potential in sub-Saharan Africa

Solar-powered groundwater irrigation has numerous advantages over diesel, but variations in need, climate, and market prices complicate the picture across sub-Saharan Africa. Read more at Africa Energy Portal.

More than money: Stakeholders look beyond financing to expand farmer-led irrigation

Efforts to scale irrigation technologies often fall short because they do not sufficiently consider the factors enabling and inhibiting farmers’ adoption of these technologies. A new tool aims to help. Read more at IWMI.
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Call for experiences

A call for experiences in the use and application of Committee on World Food Security (CFS) policy recommendations on climate change and water in the context of food security and nutrition is now open. In line with the Committee on World Food Security’s Multi-year Programme of Work (MYPoW) 2020-2023, a monitoring event is planned to be organized during the 49th Session of the CFS, in October 2021, to share experiences and good practices in the use and application of these two sets of policy recommendations:
The CFS invites all stakeholders to provide inputs on their experiences in using and applying any of these policy recommendations by May 31, 2021. Links to the survey and the instructions on how to submit your inputs can be found here: English; Español; Français.
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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-13-00055. 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: Fekadu Gelaw/Haramaya University; Harandane Dicko/UN Photo; Jean-Yves Jamin/Water Alternatives; Paul Reuben Mwinuka; Africa Energy Portal; Hamish John Appleby/IWMI.