Participatory Small-scale Irrigation Development Programme


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Participatory Small-scale Irrigation Development Programme

Participatory Small-scale Irrigation Development Programme


The programme's goal is to improve the food security, nutrition and incomes of poor rural households by developing irrigation schemes for small-scale farmers in four states of Ethiopia. The programme targets poor rural households in high-density, drought-prone and food-insecure districts of the highlands. Many of the households cultivate plots of less than 1 hectare. Specific targets include households headed by women, unemployed youth and landless people.

The programme represents an important opportunity to reform small-scale irrigation development approaches and practices in Ethiopia. The schemes it developed provide a model to be scaled up and replicated throughout the country. To ensure sustainability and the full participation of local community members, farmers own and manage the irrigation systems through their own water users' associations. The programme also trains participants to take charge of the development process and encourages women to join the decision-making bodies of water users' associations.

Other objectives are to improve access roads in areas where there are irrigation systems, and to raise agricultural productivity by improving farming practices, supporting the establishment of home vegetable gardens and strengthening agricultural support services.


Source: IFAD

Status: Closed
Approval Date
18 April 2007
2007 - 2015
Total Project Cost
US$ 57.77 million
IFAD Financing
US$ 40 million
Co-financiers (Domestic)
National Government US$ 14.22 million
Beneficiaries US$ 3.55 million
Financing terms
DSF Grant/Highly Concessional
Project ID
Project Contact
Robson Mutandi

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Supervision and implementation support documents

Environmental and social impact assessment

Final environmental and social management framework

Interim (mid-term) review report

Resettlement action framework

PCR digest

Special study

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Audit and Financial Statements

Project completion report




Impact assessment: Participatory Small-Scale Irrigation Development Programme

December 2018
Rural people in the Ethiopian highlands depend mainly on rain-fed subsistence farming for their livelihoods.

Research Series Issue 31 - Impact of modern irrigation on household production and welfare outcomes

October 2018
Investments in irrigation systems have been shown to substantially improve farmers’ productivity, and thus alleviate poverty. This study provides an example of such an investment: the Participatory Small-Scale Irrigation Development Programme.