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What is farmer-led irrigation development (FLI)?

Farmer-led irrigation is when farmers drive the establishment, improvement, and/or expansion of irrigated agriculture – and influence the location, purpose, and design of irrigation development through small-scale, on-farm, and locally relevant solutions.

Farmer-led irrigation is built on the belief that farmers should have agency and autonomy over decision making related to irrigation development and implementation. It is a cost-effective and scalable agricultural water management solution.

However, scaling up farmer-led irrigation development requires addressing challenges such as underdeveloped irrigation supply chains and services, and agricultural value chains for irrigated commodities and high value crops, high upfront costs and lack of access to finance, gender inclusion gaps in access to and benefits from FLI and limitations in water resource governance.

Series of interactive webinars on FLI

Conscious of the need to come together to solve these challenges, the International Water Management Institute (IWMI), the World Bank, the Daugherty Water for Food Global Institute, and the Global Water Partnership will host a series of interactive webinars on accelerating inclusive farmer-led irrigation development. The virtual mini-series will explore key issues and next steps for operationalizing sustainable and inclusive FLI scale-up. The webinars are geared toward practitioners, policy makers, the private sector, and researchers interested in advancing FLI globally.

The farmer-led irrigation development webinar series will feature diverse stakeholders – including innovators, thinkers, and doers. The webinars will provide an innovative platform to enable collective learning about innovative cases, successes, and challenges associated with farmer-led irrigation development.

Session 1

Accelerating inclusive FLI and reaching scale: Key considerations
11th of June at 9:00 am Washington DC/13:00  UTC /15:00 Rome/18:30 Delhi

The first session aims to:

  • Generate a common understanding of challenges and opportunities in scaling inclusive and sustainable FLI with public and private sector;
  • Discuss the potential for new concepts and solutions to overcome systemic barriers and accelerate FLI;
  • Discuss successful and innovative financial modalities and business models to enhance social inclusion and strengthen irrigation supply chains.

Watch session 1

Session 2

Accelerating inclusive farmer-led irrigation development: a sustainable approach to reaching scale
July 9, 2020 at 9 am DC time (TBC)

This session will focus on the systems approach to sustainability and inclusivity as we want to accelerate scale. In the first webinar, our experienced panelists shared their perspectives with more than 490 engaged participants in 66 countries about systemic barriers to scaling farmer led irrigation development. We zoomed in on strengthening supply chains and services and how innovative finance modalities could support social inclusivity.

In this webinar, we raise the question on how accelerating FLI development can be sustainable and inclusive. How do we ensure water security whilst supporting agricultural economic development? What are the incentives across actors within food systems to support sustainable use of water resources? How do we ensure that water access remains equitable to all water users? What is the role of institutions and regulations to safeguard and stimulate water stewardship?

We will delve into these important issues in a 1.5 hour discussion with global experts in sustainable smallholder farming. Participants will be asked to provide examples of the types of farmer incentives, government regulation and monitoring, private sector initiatives or other approaches they have piloted or tested/ to support and stimulate water stewardship. Moreover, the discussion will explore the need for technical advisory and knowledge cooperation in accelerating sustainable and inclusive FLI development.

Purpose: 

  • To discuss the various aspects of sustainability and potential trade-offs for FLI development 
  • To discuss innovative approaches to ensure water access remains equitable to all water users as FLI development is accelerated

This series is hosted by the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) together with the World Bank, The Daugherty Water for Food Global Institute and the Global Water Partnership (GWP).

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Session 1 Speaker Profiles

Sadoff

Claudia Sadoff

Director General

International Water Management Institute
Jennifer Sara

Jennifer Sara

Global Director

World Bank Group’s Water Global Practice
Thai Thi Minh

Thai Thi Minh

Senior Researcher – Upscaling Innovation

International Water Management Institute (IWMI)
Regassa Namara

Regassa Namara

Senior Water Economist

The World Bank
Nicole Lefore

Nicole Lefore

Director for the Innovation Lab for Small Scale Irrigation

Borlaug Institute for International Agriculture Development
Nick Brozovic

Nicholas Brozovic

Director of Policy

Daugherty Water for Food Global Institute
Phil Woodhouse

Phil Woodhouse

Agricultural Scientist

University of Manchester, SAFI-network
Samir Ibrahim

Samir Ibrahim

CEO and co-founder

Sunculture

Session 2 Speaker Profiles

Peter McCornick

Peter G. McCornick

Executive Director

Daugherty Water for Food Global Institute
Peter Repinski

Peter Repinski

CEO/Executive Secretary and Chief Operations Officer (COO)

Global Water Partnership
Regassa Namara

Regassa Namara

Senior Water Economist

The World Bank
Armand Houanye

Armand Houanye

Regional Executive Secretary of GWP in West Africa

Global Water Partnership
Petra Schmitter

Petra Schmitter

Senior Researcher

International Water Management Institute
Dave D’haeze

Dave D’Haeze

Regional Manager

Hanns R. Neumann Foundation
Shilp Verma

Shilp Verma

Researcher

International Water Management Institute
Claudia Ringler

Claudia Ringler

Deputy Division Director

International Food Policy Research Institute
Barbara van Koppen

Barbara Van Koppen

Emeritus Scientist

International Water Management Institute
Sarah Keener

Sarah Keener

Leads the Social Inclusion team

The Water Global Practice of the World Bank
Joy Busolo

Joy Busolo

Senior Water Resources Management Specialist

The 2030WRG Africa of the World Bank

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