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Project

User Driven Approaches to make Government and Farmer led Smallholder Irrigation in Mozambique more Productive (Cultiaf 2)
 

Mozambique
Project ID
109039
Total Funding
CAD 1,752,592.00
IDRC Officer
Edidah Lubega Ampaire
Project Status
Active
Duration
42 months

Programs and partnerships

Lead institution(s)

Project leader:
André Machava
Mozambique

Project leader:
Emilio Magaia
Mozambique

Project leader:
Evan Christen
Australia

Project leader:
Wouter Beekman
Netherlands

Summary

The Mozambique government and other development partners have invested significant efforts in revitalizing and expanding smallholder irrigation schemes to improve agricultural productivity, increase food security, reduce poverty, and increase resilience to climate variability.Read more

The Mozambique government and other development partners have invested significant efforts in revitalizing and expanding smallholder irrigation schemes to improve agricultural productivity, increase food security, reduce poverty, and increase resilience to climate variability. Their efforts are in addition to farmer-led irrigation schemes, estimated to be at least twice the size of government-funded smallholder irrigation schemes. Despite these investments, inefficiencies remain and constrain the performance of both schemes.

This project aims to improve economic efficiency and institutional sustainability by identifying the challenges facing 12 government-funded smallholder and farmer-led irrigation schemes in the Gaza and Manica provinces of Mozambique. Once the challenges are identified, a combination of technical, social, and institutional innovations — such as best soil and water management practices; business plans and market linkages; and water user associations — will be launched with the goal of benefitting approximately 51,000 farmers. A comparative case study analysis of the changes in the management, productivity levels, and profitability levels for farmers within the 12 schemes will also be conducted.

The project is expected to double the yields of selected crops, increase crop prices due to market linkages, expand production, and increase farmer incomes. By generating stronger evidence on how to design and effectively manage smallholder irrigation schemes, this project intends to inform the design of future irrigation schemes in the country.

This project is funded through the second phase of the Cultivate Africa’s Future Fund (CultiAF-2), a joint program of IDRC and the Australian International Food Security Research Centre of the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research. CultiAF supports research to achieve long-term food security in eastern and southern Africa.

Research outputs

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Report
Language:

English

Summary

The irrigation sector in Mozambique plays a major role in ensuring stable agriculture production yet is challenged by rapid degradation and underutilization of infrastructure. Smallholder irrigation is composed of schemes developed by government and partners (government-led) and by the “vibrant” schemes developed by the farmers themselves. The farmer-led smallholder irrigation in Mozambique (FASIMO) project sought to better understand both types of irrigation development by documenting their successes and failures, and to identify irrigation development models that would transform irrigation into being more productive, self-sustaining, and equitable. Key project results and achievements are highlighted in this document.

Author(s)
José Magaia, Emilio
Brief
Language:

English

Summary

This project will identify current challenges, and design and test innovative user-driven approaches that enhance the economic gains of government-funded and farmer-led irrigation schemes in Gaza and Manica provinces, towards improvement of economic efficiency and sustainability of irrigation schemes in Mozambique. The project will combine technical (soil and water management practices), social (business plans and market linkages) and institutional (innovation platforms and water-user associations) innovations in the ongoing schemes to compare changes in their management, productivity and profitability for farmers.

Author(s)
Wrenmedia
Dossiers
Language:

French

Summary
Author(s)
Wrenmedia
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About the partnership

Partnership(s)

Cultivate Africa's Future

IDRC and ACIAR partnership focused on improving food security, resilience and gender equality across Eastern and Southern Africa.