irrigation systems

Handbook for scaling irrigation systems

A call to action for stakeholders to create a more equitable agriculture sector


The International Finance Corporation (IFC) and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) have joined efforts to produce this handbook to present best practices, case studies, and hands-on guidelines on small-scale irrigation (SSI) for better soil and water management in the context of smallscale agriculture, with a particular focus on Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia.

The handbook is also a call to action for stakeholders in this ecosystem. It spotlights the integrative approach required from the public and private sectors to create a more equitable and attractive agricultural sector, including farmers, private companies, irrigation equipment providers, agri-finance institutions, agriculture-focused government institutions, water and resource planning agencies, and development partners.

Diagnostics and approaches from the public sector are already well supported through a range of publications that the World Bank Group, Food and Agriculture Organization, and IFAD have issued, notably the World Bank’s farmer-led irrigation development guide, which provides governments with practical strategies to catalyze and expand farmer-led irrigation development, making it a faster, more sustainable, more inclusive process.

This handbook complements the existing literature by presenting case studies that highlight the benefits of SSI and showcasing how interventions have been implemented, including lessons learned from implementation. It provides stakeholders with practical guidance on conditions necessary for implementing sustainable, economically viable SSI.


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Author: International Finance Corporation; The International Fund for Agricultural Development

Publisher: World Bank Group

Language: English

Year: 2022

Ecosystem(s): Agricultural Land

Location(s): South Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa

This publication is focused on value chains in support of the work of the Food Systems, Land Use and Restoration Impact Program (FOLUR), with funding from the Global Environment Facility.

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