26 August 2020. Operationalizing Farmer-led Irrigation: Implementers Dialogue
Smallholder farmers in the Global South are gradually expanding land under irrigation as technologies such as solar-powered pumps become cheaper and more accessible. Farmer-led irrigation development (FLI) clearly holds potential to improve the lives of small-scale farmers, increase food and water security, enhance resilience to climate change and promote economic development. How can we support scaling of farmer-led irrigation development, also ensuring sustainability and inclusion?
Experts and stakeholders have started discussing at the global level the many inter-linked issues to consider and promising approaches that may be further deployed, such as financial mechanisms, affordability of energy costs, institutional arrangements, minimizing potential environmental impacts, and ensuring no one is left behind.
Building on a dedicated webinar series held in 2020 to stimulate debate on these issues, which gathered more than 850 participants, the session engaged implementers and the audience to identify key actions at different scales to take sustainable and inclusive farmer led irrigation development forward.
Following a presentation of key insights emerging from the webinar series, a diverse group of implementers discussed how to implement or transform these insights into investments, and the audience will be invited to share their perspectives.
The panelists asked “HOW” they would implement or transform insights from the FLI dialogues held in June and July into investments, and also present their role in contributing to FLI investment or implementation in their country.
- Pieter Waalewijn – Global Lead Water in Agriculture, World Bank
- Richard Colback – Agribusiness Water Specialist at International Finance Corporation
- Onyaole Patience Koku – Managing Director at Replenish Farms
- Julienne Roux – Senior network specialist, Global Water Partnership
- Nicholas Brozovic – Director of Policy at the Daugherty Water for Food Global Institute and as a Professor of Agricultural Economics at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln
- Peter Repinski – Global Water Partnership
- Armand Houanye – Global Water Partnership
- Dave D’Haeze – Hanns R. Neumann Foundation
- Claudia Ringler – International Food Policy Research Institute
- Sarah Keener – The Water Global Practice of the World Bank