Daugherty Water for Food Global Institute


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Daugherty Water for Food Global Institute (DWFI). 2018. Pathways to Increasing Farmer-led Investments in Sustainable Agricultural Water Management in sub-Saharan Africa. Working paper. Robert B. Daugherty Water for Food Global Institute at the University of Nebraska (DWFI). Available online at http://waterforfood.nebraska.edu/resources-3/.


Without a transformative leap forward in the use of irrigation, Africa will continue falling short in the struggle to feed its growing population, improve its people’s nutrition, grow its economies, adapt to the impacts of climate change, and eliminate poverty. While Africans must lead this transformation for it to be successful, the international community can help African countries substantially increase the use of more productive and sustainable water management practices and unlock the potential of farmer-led irrigated agriculture. Achieving highly productive irrigated agricultural systems in Africa requires an enabling environment that facilitates the full engagement of farmers, public and private investments, and commercial enterprises. This paper briefly outlines the challenges and identifies promising types of investment opportunities to achieve rapid progress.