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Increasing irrigation water productivity in Mozambique, Tanzania and Zimbabwe through on-farm monitoring, adaptive management and agricultural innovation platforms

Project Code: FSC/2013/006
Research Program Manager: Dr. Robyn Johnston
Project Leader: Jamie Pittock - Australian National University
JUN 2013
JUN 2017
Project Status: Concluded
Key partners
Ardhi University
CSIRO Land and Water
Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network
International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics
National Institute of Irrigation
University of South Australia


This project aimed to make irrigation in Mozambique, Tanzania and Zimbabwe more productive to enhance food security.

Irrigation in sub-Saharan Africa has been inadequate, due to weak water governance institutions, weak market integration, and degradation and abandonment of irrigated land. Despite this, government schemes and individual smallholder farmers are expanding irrigation.

In this project, participating farms monitored water applied; soil water, nitrate and salt; water tables and groundwater depth, to identify how to improve water use. The project established 'Innovation Platforms', comprising farmers, political representatives and players across the market value chain, to identify institutional and market constraints and to stimulate opportunities for change.

The project documented options for improving water productivity and sustainability, methodology related to innovation platforms and adaptive learning, and policy options for improving water governance.