Improving smallholder irrigation performance in Malawi

The paper reports work aimed at improving livelihoods of smallholders by providing investors, policymakers and implementers with concrete knowledge and tools to make informed investment decisions on small-scale irrigation water management interventions. The projects reported assessed promising irrigation interventions and their ‘market potential’, analyzed which technologies ‘fit’ in major agroecological environments, gauged potential trade-offs, and recommended out-scaling strategies.
L’article signale le travail visé pour l’amélioration des revenus des petits fermiers en dotant les investisseurs, les décideurs et les gestionnaires, des connaissances concrètes et les moyens pour prendre des décisions muries sur les investissements concernant les interventions sur la gestion de l’eau de l’irrigation à faible échelle. Les projets ont rapporté les interventions d’irrigation prometteuses et évaluées ainsi que leur pouvoir du marché; ils ont analysé quelles technologies peuvent concorder avec les environnements agro-écologiques importants; ils ont mesuré les compromis possibles et ont recommandé des stratégies en dehors toute mesure.
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Southern Africa
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About the RUFORUM 2010 Biennal Conference
"The 2010 RUFORUM Biennial Conference was the second in the series. The main objective of the Biennial conferences is to provide a platform for agricultural research for development stakeholders in Africa and beyond to actively exchange findings and experiences, while at the same time learning lessons towards improving performance of the agricultural sector and ultimately people’s livelihoods. The biennial conference is RUFORUM’s most comprehensive meeting for the diversity of stakeholders in agriculture. It is especially dedicated to graduate students and their supervisors, grantees in RUFORUM member universities and alumni. It is a platform for peer review, quality control, mentorship, networking and shared learning. This record contains an extended abstract accepted under the theme of Natural Resource Management"