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Empowering smallholders

Anonymous

Research in West Africa finds that smallholder farmers are not benefiting enough from investments in irrigation because they are not getting access to the agriculture services they need.

Securing land tenure of smallholders in West African large scale irrigation schemes - Learning from the experiences in Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger

English

A workshop on securing land tenure of smallholders in West African large scale irrigation schemes was held in Ouagadougou on 17-19 June 2016. This regional event was organised by the West African Farmer Organisations’ Network (ROPPA) and GWI, and facilitated by The Rural Hub.

Date: 
17 June 2016 to 19 June 2016
Location: 
Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso

Towards a shared vision: Advisory services that work for smallholders and government in West Africa’s large irrigation schemes

English

Large government-managed irrigation schemes in West Africa are expected to meet the ambitious rice production targets of governments and ensure the livelihoods of small scale rice producers. Functioning institutions are a prerequisite for achieving these sometimes conflicting objectives.

Gifty Narh

The agricultural support and advice available to family farms in irrigation schemes in West Africa is not adapted to their specific needs. Now, action plans are being drawn up through discussion between agricultural producers and the agencies managing the schemes.

Financing family rice farming to improve performance of large dams

English

Governments need to improve access to seasonal credit if they want a return on investment in large-scale irrigation for rice farming. Large dam-irrigated rice cultivation projects are only justifiable if producers can obtain high yields, but to do this they need to adopt rice varieties with high genetic potential and make intensive use of fertilisers and pesticides. The majority of small producers do not have access to credit to purchase all the inputs required.

Action plan to improve agricultural advice services in the irrigated areas around the Bagré dam in Burkina Faso

English

This document, based on a consensus between stakeholders, sets out a roadmap for the development of effective agricultural advice services and the improvement of agricultural productivity in the Bagré area.  

The Global Water Initiative (GWI)'s action-reserarch work in Burkina Faso has shown that agricultural advisory systems are inefficient and ill-adapted to the needs of smallholders. With support from GWI, stakeholders from the irrigated area therefore met at various workshops to discuss how to address this issue and establish an action plan. 

Action plan to improve agricultural advice services in the irrigated areas around the Selingué dam in Mali

English

This document, based on a consensus between stakeholders, sets out a roadmap for the development of effective agricultural advice services and the improvement of agricultural productivity in the Sélingué area. 

The Global Water Initiative (GWI)'s action-reserarch work in Mali has shown that agricultural advisory systems are inefficient and ill-adapted to the needs of smallholders. With support from GWI, stakeholders from the basin therefore met at various workshops to discuss how to address this issue and establish an action plan. 

Action plan to improve agricultural advice services in the Anambé valley in Senegal

English

This document, based on a consensus between stakeholders, sets out a roadmap for the development of effective agricultural advice services and the improvement of agricultural productivity in the Anambé basin. 

The Global Water Initiative (GWI)'s action-reserarch work in Senegal has shown that agricultural advisory systems are inefficient and ill-adapted to the needs of smallholders. With support from GWI, stakeholders from the basin therefore met at various workshops to discuss how to address this issue and establish an action plan. 

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