Project Name: Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Small-Scale Irrigation
Years of Operation: 2013-2023
Countries: Ethiopia, Ghana, Tanzania, and West Africa Region
Sponsors: U.S Agency for International Development
Partners: The International Water Management Institute, the International Livestock Research Institute, the International Food Policy Research Institute, and North Carolina A&T State University
The Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Small-Scale Irrigation (ILSSI) , is a ten-year research program responding to the challenge of how to increase the use of small scale irrigation – such as improved adoption rates and improved inclusivity of adopters – in an economically and environmentally sustainable way. It is part of the U.S. Government’s Feed the Future Initiative. Our vision is to contribute an increase of profitable, sustainable, and gender-sensitive irrigation to support inclusive agricultural growth, resilient food systems, and nutrition and health outcomes, particularly for vulnerable populations. It is a part of the U.S. Government’s Feed the Future Initiative.
- Strengthen information, tools, and policy and programmatic approaches to support environmentally and economically sustainable scaling of small scale irrigation, while simultaneously reducing and mitigating risks.
- Generate evidence on trade-offs of small scale irrigation technologies and related practices and approaches in the context of climate variability that can inform development investment and planning for resilience.
- Identify approaches that improve inclusive access for women, men, and youth to technology and practices to increase productivity, particularly in irrigated agriculture.
- Generate knowledge and strengthen capacity to support resilience and gender- and nutrition-sensitive policies, planning, and programming in the water and agriculture sectors.
About Feed the Future: Feed the Future is the U.S. Government’s global hunger and food security initiative. With a focus on smallholder farmers, particularly women, Feed the Future supports partner countries in developing their agriculture sectors to spur economic growth and trade that increase incomes and reduce hunger, poverty and undernutrition. For more information, visit www.feedthefuture.gov