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Increasing Water Accessibility: Strategic Investment and Policy Priorities in Agricultural Water Management  -  Dr. Woldeab Teshome, Director of Regional and Local development studies, Addis Ababa University

Increasing Water Accessibility: Strategic Investment and Policy Priorities in Agricultural Water Management - Dr. Woldeab Teshome, Director of Regional and Local development studies, Addis Ababa University






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    Increasing Water Accessibility: Strategic Investment and Policy Priorities in Agricultural Water Management  -  Dr. Woldeab Teshome, Director of Regional and Local development studies, Addis Ababa University Increasing Water Accessibility: Strategic Investment and Policy Priorities in Agricultural Water Management - Dr. Woldeab Teshome, Director of Regional and Local development studies, Addis Ababa University Presentation Transcript

    • Increasing water accessibility: Strategic investment and policy priorities in agricultural water
      By: WoldeabTeshome (PhD)
      SESSION 4: Panel session on Public Policy and Investment
      Tuesday 23, November 2010
    • Outline of the presentation
      Investment areas of agricultural water management and the pay-offs and trade-offs
      Operational feasibility of the investments in current political context; resources required and the role of private sector
      Policy context in the ACP region; policy changes needed to accompany proposed investment
      Linked investments needed in complementary sub-sectors to realize the benefits of increased investment
      Key drivers that will impact future water availability and use for agriculture; adaptive measures and strategies
    • 1. Introduction...
       More than 947 million people live in ACP countries
      An estimated seventy percent of the population depends on agriculture for full-time employment and many others rely on agriculture for part of their household income in Africa
      Two hundred million Africans live with food insecurity
      Caribbean economies share many of the characteristics of small States, with open and vulnerable economies, limited diversity in production, exports concentrated on a few products, thin markets, and high transportation costs.
    • 1. Introduction...
      Agricultural water management is at the crossroads between four areas of public policy for sustainable growth:
      water resource management
      rural development
      and the environment
      Agricultural water management also interacts closely with broader aspects of macroeconomic policy for growth (World Bank, 2006)
    • 1. Introduction...
      Key challenges facing agricultural water management include:
      the policy and institutional challenge,
      the economic and financial challenge,
      the problem of declining investment,
      the challenge of technology and water resources to supply growing demand,
      the poverty and rural incomes challenge, and
      environmental dimensions and the sustainability imperative.(World Bank 2005: 4)
    • 2. Investment areas of AWM in ACP countries and the payoffs and tradeoffs
      2.1 Irrigation (World Bank)
      The future stresses and risks caused by rising food demand and intensification of irrigated agriculture:
      The strong demographic push to food demand is expected to continue.
      Intensified irrigated agriculture will provide more than half of the extra food.
      However, over 40 percent of the extra food will have to come from intensified rainfed farming in coming years, for which improved water management is essential.
    • 2. Investment areas of AWM... (irrigation)
      There is some potential for expansion of the irrigated area. FAO estimates that the irrigated area in developing countries could increase by almost 20 percent (40 million ha) in the period 1997–9 to 2030
      Unfortunately, in Africa, only 7 percent of arable land is irrigated, with an even lower 4 percent in sub-Saharan Africa, compared to 38 percent in Asia. The continent only uses 4 percent of its water reserves (less than 3 percent in sub-Saharan Africa), against 20 percent in Asia
    • 2. Investment areas of AWM... (irrigation)
      That means that on 93 percent of Africa’s agricultural land, the population has to rely on rainfall to live or rather to survive; and rain is becoming increasingly unpredictable on account of climate change
      (World Bank 2004b) gives prominence to irrigation as the key producer of food and source of livelihood for the world’s poor, and as the largest user of water
      The bank emphasizes two imperatives: to expand investment in irrigation and to change the way irrigation is managed
      Calling for “principled and pragmatic reforms,” the strategy stresses the need to return to basic economic principles that incentives should reflect both the financial cost of supplying services and the opportunity cost of water
    • 2. Investment areas of AWM... (irrigation)
      Stephen N.Ngigiemphasises smallholderagricultural water management for a number of reasons.
      The performance of large public irrigation schemes in Africa is associated with poor governance
      insecure land tenure,
      leading to low farmer investment and
      exploitation by government agencies
      A key policy change would be to support increased investment in smallholder irrigation as opposed to large-scale irrigation projects
    • 2. Investment areas of AWM... (irrigation)
      Apart from the obvious lower start-up cost and high economic impact, smallholder irrigation systems often have strong local community governance, are relatively free of political intervention, and have lower operation and maintenance costs
      Large surface irrigation systems will need to incorporate improvements in water control and delivery, automation and measurement, and training of staff to better respond to farmers’ needs
      In regions that rely heavily on agriculture irrigation is likely to remain important in rural poverty reduction strategies.
    • 2. Investment areas of AWM... (irrigation)
      Ethiopia: The irrigated area in Ethiopia is only about 5% of the country’s irrigation potential.
      About 73.6 million hectares of the country’s land is potentially suitable for agricultural production.
      The surface water resource is about 122 billion cubic meter; ground water about 2.6 billion cubic meter.
      There is strong interest and commitment by the government of Ethiopia, donors, and NGOs for the development of and management of the irrigation sector.
      PASDEP (Plan for Accelerated and sustained Development to End Poverty) recognizes the importance of the development of small and medium scale irrigation.
    • 2. Investment areas of AWM...(Rainfed agriculture )
      2.2 RainfedAgriculture
      Facing the food and poverty crises in developing countries will require a new emphasis on small scale water management in rainfedagriculture
      Investments in rainfed agriculture have large payoffs in yield improvements and poverty alleviation through income generation and environmental sustainability
      IWMI’s Comprehensive Assessment of AWM shows that the potential for improving water productivity is particularly high in smallholder rainfed agriculture, with water savings of 15%–20% already possible over the coming decade
      The key challenge is to reduce water-related risks posed by high rainfall variability rather than coping with an absolute lack of water
    • 2. Investment areas of AWM...(groundwater)
      2.3 Groundwater
      Intensive groundwater use in agriculture has become a dominant, yet under perceived aspect of contemporary water use
      Groundwater has contributed significantly to growth in global irrigated areas since the 1970s
      Given the existing trends, intensive use of groundwater cannot be sustained unless accompanied by far more intensive regimes of resource management than are currently deployed. (Algeria 60% and Libya 95 % depend)
    • 2. Investment areas of AWM...(groundwater)
      The dynamic impacts of intensive groundwater use are best understood by recognizing four types of groundwater- in-agriculture systems:
      - Arid agricultural systems, Industrial agricultural systems, smallholder farming systems and Groundwater-supported extensive pastoralism
      This intensive—but essentially unplanned—groundwater use faces several challenges
      Pumping costs are rising, and irrigation-supporting subsidies are compromising the viability of rural energy providers
      The long-term sustainability of groundwater systems is not easily determined. In the face of such growing concerns, groundwater use in agriculture is showing no sign of ebbing
    • 2. Investment areas of AWM... (waste water)
      2.4 Waste Water (Marginal Quality Water)
      Millions of small-scale farmers around the world irrigate with marginal-quality water, often because they have no alternative
       Wastewater often contains a variety of pollutants: salts, metals, metalloids, pathogens, residual drugs, organic compounds, endocrine disruptor compounds, and active residues of personal care products
      Public agencies in several countries already implement policies on marginal-quality water. Egypt plans to increase its official reuse of marginal-quality water from 10% in 2000 to about 17% by 2017 (Egypt MWRI 2004)
      In Tunisia in 2003 about 43% of wastewater was used after treatment
      Wastewater use will increase in India, as the proportion of freshwater in agricultural deliveries declines from 85% today to 77% by 2025, reflecting rising demand for freshwater in cities (India CWC 2002).
    • 3. Operational feasibility of the investments in current political contexts
      In 2003, the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) and its Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Program (CAADP), were launched to accelerate agricultural growth in the region
      Also in 2003, African governments signed the Maputo Declaration committing to a minimum allocation of 10% of their national annual budgets to agriculture
      Recent political context confirmed the urgent need to secure and increase basic food staples (Sirte Conference on Water for Agriculture and Energy - December 2008)
    • 3. Operational feasibility of the investments...
      AU Summit (July 2009) on Investing in Agriculture for Economic Growth and Food Security
      Further, in July 2009 the G8 to pledge USD 20 billion over the next three years to increased food production and China has pledged USD10 billion in public-private-partnerships in agriculture to help attain the NEPAD-CAADP objectives
      The CAADP framework, which is already being implemented in most countries, will enable more efficient investments
      The CAADP has moved from strategy to implementation at the country level through the process of country roundtables and compacts.
    • 3. Operational feasibility of the investments...
      This process culminates in a CAADP Compact which guides country policy and investment responses to meet the 6% growth target and 10% budget allocation to agriculture
      Guided by the African Water Vision (AWV) 2025 and CAADP-Pillar I (Sustainable Land and Water Management), and in line with the African Food Crisis Response (AFCR - July 2008), the Bank has developed a Water Business Plan (BP) that aims to develop an area of up to 500,000 hectares
      The Bank will, therefore, channel its support to the following areas, (i) agricultural water development, (ii) increased water storage capacity, and (iii) institutional support and project preparation activities
    • 3. Operational feasibility of the investments...
      The Bank also aims to increase water storage capacity in Africa by at least 1 percent (additional storage of 8.5 billion cubic meters for multi-purpose uses, including irrigation domestic use, livestock watering, and fisheries)
      Recent estimates of financing for the agriculture sector in Africa foresee the need for US$8.1 billion or an additional US$4.9 billion annually
      An indicative pipeline of projects and programs amount to UA 3.4 billion over the period 2010- 2014
    • 3. Operational feasibility of the investments...
      Broadly speaking the implementation challenges for African countries has three principal areas:
      continuing to put in place water resources infrastructure for basic services and economic development through existing and new initiatives
      strengthening the institutional capacity and operational mechanisms in areas where low implementation capacity is a bottleneck to progress
      refining strategies and policies where these are needed
    • 4. Policy context in the ACP region and policy changes needed to accompany proposed investment
      The policy context:
      The African Union (AU) dedicated its June 2008 Summit in Sharm El-Sheik to water and sanitation where African Heads of State made important commitments for accelerating the achievement of the goals in Africa
      The MDGs, particularly the goals of eradicating extreme poverty and hunger and ensuring environmental sustainability, are central to the NEPAD program for African agriculture
      Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Program (CAADP) supported by the Africa Union (AU) and New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) provide a framework for accelerating agricultural growth in Africa
      The African Water Vision (AWV) 2025
    • 4. Policy context in the ACP region...
      Policy changes
      Developing and integrating sector policies for AWM
      At the sectoral level, policies for water resources management, agriculture, rural development, and the environment need to mesh to support sustainable, market-driven growth in rural incomes based on improved AWM
      Policy for agricultural water management is vital: it must deal with managing scarcity, with water allocation, with food security, with poverty reduction, and with environmental risks
    • 4. Policy context in the ACP region...
      The policy reform agenda for agricultural water management is a difficult one, which includes:
      setting the legislative and regulatory framework
      establishing an incentive regime consistent with poverty reduction, rural development, and agricultural goals and with trade and macroeconomic policies
      matching investment and incentive policies in agricultural water management with broader agricultural policies on both the input and the output sides
      ensuring that agricultural water fits within an integrated, intersectoral water management framework
    • 4. Policy context in the ACP region...
      designing institutional models to separate bulk water delivery from distribution and to provide efficient least-cost water service;
      redefining the role of public and private sectors and of markets; and ensuring an enabling environment for private investment.
      The Trade-offs
      Although policies cannot be uniform, successful reforms generally limit the role of government, decentralize responsibility to local authorities and agencies, and to water users, promote market-based solutions and private investment, and emphasize market-led growth policies with domestic and global trade reform.
    • 4. Policy context in the ACP region...
      Tradeoffs between food self-sufficiency goals and efficiency goals will be increasingly on the policy agenda
      Many water management reforms have high political transaction costs. These can be absorbed at least in part by investing in participatory processes of ownership building. Adjustment lending may also help
      Typically, reform is likely to take a long time, requiring stamina and consistency both from the nation and from external partners such as the Bank. Understanding the political economy of reform is essential
      Irrigation with wastewater is risky. Public agencies should consider wastewater and saline or sodic water when evaluating national water management strategies to optimize the use of limited water resources.
    • 5. Linked investments needed in complementary sub-sectors to realize the benefits of increased investment
      Government’s role is best undertaken in partnership with the private sector
      In addition, strategic investment to promote markets and create market and transport infrastructure can be critical to the development of irrigated agriculture
      Development of markets and roads in the Nigerian fadama combined with access to groundwater boosted profitability by three times and more
      In Ethiopia, access to all-weather road decreased poverty by 6.9% and increased food consumption by nearly 17%
      Mobile phone and ICT technology have reduced the cost of information provision on markets and prices.
      (World Development Report, 2008)
    • 6. Key drivers that will impact future water availability and use for agriculture; adaptive measures and strategies
      Three areas of agricultural policy are of critical importance for AWM:
      Market development policies: Development of internal and export markets is the most important driver of farm profitability
      Food policy: Food policy has driven much public investment in irrigation, successfully supplying cheap food but often keeping irrigators poor and reducing investment returns
      • Policy for technology development and transfer is vital to obtaining productivity improvements in AWM
      • Technical research priorities should focus increasingly on water productivity and on AWM for rainfedfarming
    • 6. Key drivers that will impact future water availability...
      Research institutions and governments should forge partnerships with the private sector, which is already very active in development and dissemination of irrigation technology
      AWM in the global context:
      At the global level, two major issues will affect AWM: trade reform, climate change agenda
      Trade reform policies will strongly influence water productivity and profitability in agriculture by opening up external markets. The impacts of trade reform on irrigated agriculture should be carefully assessed before reforms are undertaken.
    • 6. Key drivers that will impact future water availability...
      Climate change creates greater risks and uncertainties, which should be dealt with by a risk management approach
      Despite their best efforts, governments of Caribbean SIDS face considerable challenges exacerbated by a series of external shocks, including the global financial crisis, energy price shocks, fluctuating commodity prices, the rising cost of external credit and the dismantling of preferential market arrangements for traditional agricultural commodities
      The growing debt burden of many Caribbean countries is also generating considerable concern
      Seven Caribbean countries are included among the ten most indebted countries in the world.
    • 6. Key drivers that will impact future water availability...
      Caribbean countries must also contend with declining FDI and ODA. Between 2006 and 2008, FDI inflows had decreased considerably in all the countries except Cuba, the Dominican Republic, and Trinidad and Tobago
      The economic growth prospects of the Caribbean region are also constrained by a variety of natural factors, including adverse physiographic conditions in many countries
      Despite the progress in Caribbean functional cooperation, integration, and trading arrangements, there remain many challenges
      Economic disparity is often cited as one of the impediments to deeper regional integration, especially of CARICOM member States.
    • Sources of information
      IWMI (2007 ) Water for food water for life. A Comprehensive Assessment of Water Management in Agriculture Edited by David Molden.
      World Bank (2005) Shaping the Future of Water for Agriculture A Sourcebook for Investment in Agricultural Water Management
      Stephen N. Ngigi (2009) Climate Change Adaptation Strategies Options for Smallholder Farmers in SSA
      Reengaging in Agricultural Water Management Challenges and Options (World Bank, 2006)
      ADB (2010)Agriculture Sector Strategy 2010 – 2014)
      AFRICA REGIONAL PAPER African Development Bank Group (2009) Africa Regional Paper. Bridging Divides in Africa’s Water Security: An Agenda to Implement Existing Political Commitments
      Confronting the realities of wastewater use in agriculture. Water Policy Briefings, Issue 9)
    • Sources of information...
      ECA (2007)Africa Review Report on Agriculture and Rural Development (summary)
      Investment in Agricultural Water for Poverty Reduction and Economic Growth in Sub-Saharan Africa SYNTHESIS REPORT, 2007