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Three Points on why Solar Powered Irrigation can Happen for Smallholder Farmers

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Presented by Dr. Jennie Barron of WLE on April 12, 2018 during the opening plenary for the International Forum on Solar Technologies for Small-scale Agriculture and Water Management at FAO headquarters in Rome. To learn more about the forum, read this Thrive blog piece: https://wle.cgiar.org/thrive/2018/04/23/here-comes-sun-solar-technology-agriculture

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Three Points on why Solar Powered Irrigation can Happen for Smallholder Farmers

  1. 1. Three points on why solar-powered irrigation can happen for smallholder farmers Jennie BARRON , Professor Agricultural Water Management, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences LWS Flagship leader, CGIAR Research Program ‘Water, Land and Ecosystems’ (WLE)
  2. 2. WLE is global research- for-development program connecting partners for agriculture solutions that protect people and our natural resources Land, soil & ecosystems Risks, tradeoffs & ecosystems Inclusivity Connected thinking, compelling solutions Water & ecosystems
  3. 3. CGIAR Research Program Water, Land and Ecosystems (WLE) and solar powered irrigation for smallholders  Research for development in sustainable agricultural intensification and poverty alleviation in Africa and Asia  WLE works in partnership with public and private sectors, as well as practitioners from global to local scale  Solar powered irrigation for 5+ years, smallholder irrigation development in 10+ years  On the ground experience in Africa (Ethiopia, Ghana, Mali , MENA) and Asia (India in Gujarat and Bihar)  Develop knowledge base for investment, policy and practise, collaborate in piloting for learning
  4. 4. We don’t have a lot of ‘silver bullet’ solutions for sustainable intensification and climate resilience…  Water management, incl. irrigation, critical for sustainable intensification  Water management fundamental for smallholder farmer income generation and food security  Water management in agriculture essential to meet ecosystems targets and climate resilience
  5. 5. Solar powered irrigation is a nexus opportunity for smallholder farmers…if technologies work and are available
  6. 6. Are partnerships for piloting and development mobilising? Systems approach for solutions demands multiple actors and disciplines:  Human, institutional capacity to analyse and develop  Innovations, data and technology  Levelled market and policy arena  Wise (=best informed) investments by public, private investors and IFIs
  7. 7. Thank you! If you wish to take part in this conversation, please join us at https://wle.cgiar.org/
  8. 8. List of WLE material and contributions  Closas, A.;, Rap. E. 2017. Solar-based groundwater pumping for irrigation: Sustainability, policies, and limitations. Energy Policy,104:33-37  Schmitter, P., Kibret, KS., Lefore, N.,Barron, J. 2018. Suitability mapping framework for solar photovoltaic pumps for smallholder farmers in sub-Saharan Africa Applied Geography, (online)  Otoo, M., Lefore, N., Schmitter, P., Barron, J., Gebregziabher, G. 2018. Business model scenarios and suitability: smallholder solar pump-based irrigation in Ethiopia. Agricultural Water Management Making a Business Case for Smallholders. Colombo, Sri Lanka: International Water Management Institute (IWMI) 67p. (IWMI Research Report 172)  ITP work: http://www.iwmi.cgiar.org/iwmi-tata/PDFs/iwmi- tata_water_policy_research_highlight-issue_10_2016.pdf  ICIMOD work: https://cgspace.cgiar.org/rest/bitstreams/91410/retrieve

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