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Towards a shared vision: action plans for adapted advisory services in West Africa’s rice irrigation schemes
Farmer organisations and government agencies managing large scale irrigation systems in West Africa need to collaborate to agree on a vision for agricultural services that increases scheme viability while meeting the needs of different types of farmers. However, there is no institutional mechanism in place that enables different groups of actors – with different levels of power – to engage at a strategic level or to negotiate and take forward such a common position. This briefing describes a process piloted in three large scale irrigation schemes in the region and draws lessons from this for future investments in irrigation.