The International Water Management Institute (IWMI) and the Livestock and Irrigation Value chains for Ethiopian Smallholders (LIVES) Project recently conducted a training on irrigation scheme management for farmers and agricultural experts in the Mehtsab Azmati Irrigation Scheme in Rama, Tigray.
This working paper reports on a study in Ethiopia to: i) assess the nature and diversity of irrigation institutions in the study schemes; ii) evaluate existing institutions service delivery with respect to selected attributes and draw useful lessons; and iii) identify appropriate interventions.
This working paper focuses on water delivery performance of 10 smallholders irrigation schemes in four regions of Ethiopia, representing diverse water sources, distribution systems, command areas and number of beneficiary farmers and across agro-ecologies as represented by elevation ranges.
This working paper evaluates the on-farm management of nine smallholder irrigation schemes from four regional states in Ethiopia.
Throughout its activities in Ethiopia, the Livestock and Irrigation Value Chains for Ethiopian Smallholders (LIVES) project has used participatory processes to design capacity development interventions that assess the knowledge and skills gaps in value chain actors and service providers.
Taking a value chain approach is essential to the livelihoods of smallholder farmers in Ethiopia, according to scientists working at International Livestock Research Institute project (ILRI). Making smallholder producers more aware of market opportunities will help them make reasonable returns on their investments.
Leveraging private and public sector partners is key to helping smallholder producers establish platforms to exchange knowledge on overcoming bottlenecks in value chain, and create linkages that facilitate new businesses opportunities, such as opening of feed shops.