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Transforming smallholder irrigation into profitable and self-sustaining systems in southern Africa

The project aims to improve farmer livelihoods, equity and community management in smallholder irrigation schemes in southern Africa.
Most government-run irrigation schemes in Africa have failed or significantly under-perform, for a complex array of reasons. However, ACIAR project FSC/2013/006 found that agricultural innovation platforms, combined with soil moisture and solute measuring and monitoring, substantially increase farmers' productivity and incomes and make irrigation schemes more self-sustaining.
The proposed follow-on research project will test how best to spread those findings beyond individual irrigation schemes to many other irrigation schemes and countries.