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Smallholder Irrigation and Water Use Programme

Smallholder Irrigation and Water Use Programme

In rural Zambia women are generally responsible for cultivating gardens in order to supplement the family diet with fruit and vegetables during the months when food crop production declines. Smallholders have developed informal small-scale irrigation schemes in the past, but these have not worked efficiently. Improved irrigation systems are particularly needed in Western, Central, Southern, Lusaka and Eastern provinces, which also have the greatest potential for the rehabilitation of small dams.

The programme provided much-needed overall support for improved irrigation and water use by small-scale farmers in order to boost supplementary food production and increase resilience to drought. It helped redefine the long-term role of the relevant government institutions in developing policy, by planning and monitoring water resources for irrigation so that smallholder farmers own and manage the irrigation systems. It also made improvements to existing systems of water usage. The programme’s objectives included:

  • reinforcing informal irrigation systems
  • transferring ownership and management of government irrigation systems to farmers
  • organizing small-scale farmers into water users’ associations
  • strengthening local institutions

 

Source: IFAD


Status: Closed

Country

Zambia

Approval Date

12 April 1995

Duration

1995 - 2002

Sector

Agricultural Development

Total Project Cost

US$ 11.18 million

IFAD Financing

US$ 6.36 million

Co-financiers (International)

World Bank: International Development Association US$ 1.21 million

Co-financiers (Domestic)

Beneficiaries US$ 1.07 million

National Government US$ 2.55 million

Financing terms

Highly Concessional

Project ID

1100000430


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