AFRICA’S IRRIGATION POTENTIAL: IFPRI PAPER

July 13, 2010 at 11:24 pm | Posted in Africa, Development, Economics, Financial, Research, Third World | Leave a comment

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New IFPRI Discussion Paper:

Africa‘s Irrigation Potential

IFPRI announces the release of a discussion paper that

examines Africa’s irrigation potential

on behalf of Buzzelli, Susan (IFPRI) (S.Buzzelli@cgiar.org)

Water Issues Announcement List

Tue 7/13/10

The International Food Policy Research Institute’s Environment and Production Technology Division invites you to read a new discussion paper about Africa and irrigation.

Click here to read

What is the Irrigation Potential for Africa? A Combined Biophysical and Socioeconomic Approach.

Although irrigation in Africa has the potential to boost agricultural productivities by at least 50 percent, food production on the continent is almost entirely rainfed. Indeed, the area equipped for irrigation, currently slightly more than 13 million hectares, makes up just 6 percent of the total cultivated area.

Eighty-five percent of Africa’s poor live in rural areas and mostly depend on agriculture for their livelihoods. As a result, agricultural development is key to ending poverty on the continent.

Many development organizations have recently proposed to significantly increase investments in irrigation in the region. However, the potential for irrigation investments in Africa is highly dependent upon geographic, hydrologic, agronomic, and economic factors that need to be taken into account when assessing the long-term viability and sustainability of planned projects.

This paper analyzes large, dam-based and small-scale irrigation investment needs in Africa based on agronomic, hydrologic, and economic factors. This type of analysis can guide country- and local-level assessment of irrigation potential, which will be important to agricultural and economic development in Africa.

Click here to read the paper.

Authors

Liangzhi You, IFPRI, Senior Scientist, EPTD; l.you@cgiar.org; Claudia Ringler, IFPRI; Senior Research Fellow, Environment and Production Technology Division; Gerald Nelson, IFPRI; Senior Research Fellow, Environment and Production Technology Division; Ulrike Wood-Sichra, Consultant; Richard Robertson, IFPRI, Research Fellow, Environment and Production Technology Division; Stanley Wood, IFPRI, Senior Research Fellow, Environment and Production Technology Division; Zhe Guo, IFPRI, GIS Coordinator, Environment and Production Technology Division; Tingju Zhu, IFPRI, Senior Scientist, Environment and Production Technology Division, Yan Sun, IFPRI, Research Analyst, Environment and Production Technology Division.

International Food Policy Research Institute

The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) was established in 1975. IFPRI is one of 15 agricultural research centers that receive principal funding from governments, private foundations, and international and regional organizations, most of which are members of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR).

Susan Buzzelli

Communications Specialist

Environment and Production Technology Division

International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

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New IFPRI Discussion Paper:

Africa‘s Irrigation Potential

IFPRI announces the release of a discussion paper that

examines Africa’s irrigation potential

Click here to read

What is the Irrigation Potential for Africa? A Combined Biophysical and Socioeconomic Approach.

on behalf of Buzzelli, Susan (IFPRI) (S.Buzzelli@cgiar.org)

Water Issues Announcement List

Tue 7/13/10

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