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Demand led plant variety design for emerging markets in Africa

This project aims 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.
Participating farms will monitor water applied; soil water, nitrate and salt; water tables and groundwater depth, to identify how to improve water use. The project will establish '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 will document options for improving water productivity and sustainability, methodology related to innovation platforms and adaptive learning, and policy options for improving water governance.