Irrigation inclusive business study

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Client The World Bank and International Finance Corporation
Dates 2014
Service(s)Policy & Economics, Strategy & Finance
CEPA was appointed by the IFC to conduct a review of ways in which smallholder farmers can access micro-irrigation technologies. The study consisted of two distinct workstreams:
  • Workstream 1: an assessment of irrigation subsidy programmes that have been implemented in two states in India (Gujarat and Andhra Pradesh), and the impact they have had on farmers’ agricultural yields and incomes. Our work also identified other factors, besides the subsidies, that played a role in encouraging smallholder farmers to adopt micro-irrigation technologies.
  • Workstream 2: analysis of the costs of micro-irrigation technologies in Zambia and Burkina Faso. We identified and assessed options to finance the expansion of smallholder farmers’ access to micro-irrigation technologies and alleviate these constraints.
We carried out field visits to Burkina Faso, India and Zambia to support CEPA’s final recommendations to the IFC.
Our work ultimately provided the evidence base necessary for the IFC and World Bank Group to understand the main factors constraining smallholder farmers’ access to irrigation. The study supported the development of crop-specific investment projects alongside irrigation equipment suppliers and dealers, and identified areas of policy work to facilitate adoption of irrigation technologies.