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Lessons Learned in the Development of Smallholder Private Irrigation for High-Value Crops in West Africa

ACCESS TO IRRIGATION ACCESS TO MARKETS ACCESS TO TECHNOLOGY ACCESS TO WATER AGRICULTURAL COMMODITIES AGRICULTURAL DEVELOPMENT AGRICULTURAL DEVELOPMENT PROJECT AGRICULTURAL PRACTICES AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTION AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTIVITY AGRICULTURAL SERVICES AGRICULTURAL WATER AGRICULTURAL WATER MANAGEMENT APPROPRIATE TECHNOLOGY AQUIFER ARID TROPICS BASINS BENEFICIARY POPULATION CANALS CAPACITY BUILDING COMMERCIAL FARMERS COMMERCIAL FARMS COMMUNITY DEMAND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT CONSUMERS CONSUMPTION OF WATER COVERING CREDIT SCHEMES CROP PRODUCTION CROP YIELD CROPPING SYSTEM DEEP WELLS DIVERSIFICATION DRAINAGE DRILLED WELLS DRINKING WATER DRIP IRRIGATION DRIP IRRIGATION SYSTEMS DRY SEASON ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS ENVIRONMENTAL REGULATIONS ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY EXPANSION OF IRRIGATION FARM FAMILIES FARM PRODUCTION FARMER FARMING PRACTICES FARMLAND FOOD POLICY FOOD SECURITY GRAVITY GRAVITY IRRIGATION GROUNDWATER GROUNDWATER LEVELS GROUNDWATER RECHARGE HIGH LEVELS HOUSEHOLD INCOMES HYDRAULICS INFORMAL IRRIGATION INTERNATIONAL WATER IRRIGATED AGRICULTURE IRRIGATING IRRIGATION IRRIGATION CANALS IRRIGATION DEVELOPMENT IRRIGATION EQUIPMENT IRRIGATION INVESTMENT IRRIGATION MANAGEMENT IRRIGATION PROGRAMS IRRIGATION PROJECT IRRIGATION PROMOTION IRRIGATION SCHEMES IRRIGATION SECTOR IRRIGATION SOURCES IRRIGATION SYSTEM IRRIGATION TECHNOLOGIES IRRIGATION USE LAND TENURE LOW RAINFALL MANUAL DRILLING MARKET GARDENING MICRO-PROJECTS MINISTRY OF WATER MOTORIZED PUMPS NET INCOME OPERATORS PERCUSSION DRILLING PIPE POOR COUNTRIES POOR FARMERS POOR RURAL PEOPLE POTABLE WATER POVERTY REDUCTION POVERTY THRESHOLD PRESSURE PRIVATE IRRIGATION PRIVATE IRRIGATION INVESTMENT PRIVATE IRRIGATION SYSTEMS PRIVATE IRRIGATORS PRODUCER ORGANIZATIONS PUMPING PUMPING SYSTEMS PUMPS PVC PIPES RAINFALL REDUCTION IN POVERTY REGIONAL ASSOCIATION REGIONAL INITIATIVES REGIONAL LEVELS REGIONAL MARKETS REGIONAL WORKSHOPS RIVER VALLEY RURAL AREAS RURAL DEVELOPMENT RURAL INCOMES RURAL INFRASTRUCTURE SMALL FARMERS SMALL FARMS SMALL-SCALE IRRIGATION SMALL-SCALE IRRIGATION SYSTEMS SMALLHOLDER FARMERS SMALLHOLDER FARMING SMALLHOLDER FARMS SMALLHOLDER IRRIGATION SMALLHOLDER IRRIGATION SYSTEMS SMALLHOLDER IRRIGATORS STORAGE FACILITIES STORM WATER SUCTION PUMPS SURFACE WATER TRADITIONAL IRRIGATION TUBE WELLS VEGETABLE PRODUCTION VEGETABLES WASTEWATER WATER CONSUMPTION WATER CONTROL WATER DEVELOPMENT WATER DISTRIBUTION WATER DISTRIBUTION SYSTEMS WATER FLOWS WATER LIFTING DEVICES WATER PRESSURE WATER RESOURCES WATER SCARCITY WATER TABLE WATER USERS WATER WITHDRAWALS WATERING WATERSHED WATERSHED MANAGEMENT WELL DRILLING
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World Bank, Washington, DC
Africa | West Africa
2017-06-27T18:55:12Z | 2017-06-27T18:55:12Z | 2011-06

The objective of this report is to identify and evaluate best practices in smallholder private irrigation in West Africa. The report is based on a comparative assessment of the smallholder private irrigation subsector in Burkina Faso, Mali, Niger, and Nigeria, which included a literature review, field visits, and workshops at both national and regional levels. The task lists for the assessment is provided in annex one. This report first presents the main features of smallholder irrigation and the development projects that have promoted its use in West Africa in chapter two. The authors then describe the low-cost technologies available for this type of irrigation, including drilling, pumping, and water distribution in chapter three. Chapter four reviews the successes and remaining challenges of the development projects involving smallholder private irrigation in West Africa. Chapter five draws the lessons learned from these experiences and proposes recommendations for future investments, including more support to the development of a supply-chain for low-cost irrigation technologies, the adoption of a programmatic approach, and the necessity for a comprehensive investment package including environmental impact mitigation to sustainably support smallholder irrigators.

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