"A new handbook that can help governments, development practitioners and other stakeholders design public interventions to catalyze Farmer-led Irrigation Development (FLID)."
Farmer-led Irrigation Development (FLID) is the process where farmers, alone or as a collective, take the lead in the establishment, improvement, or expansion of irrigated agriculture. Characteristically, farmers who autonomously develop irrigation are entrepreneurial innovators, targeting new markets and investing their own resources. They develop technologies, make investments, and create market linkages. These farmers experience quick returns on their efforts, often against all odds. However, many more farmers could benefit from improved agricultural water use practices. Many smallholder farmers remain constrained by unfavorable conditions that slow their growth. They face hurdles that elevate risks and increase both financial and transaction costs. Where there is natural resource potential, such as in large parts of Africa, public action can help to address these hurdles. Public interventions with an expansion focus have the potential to widen the circle of people who benefit, making it a faster and more inclusive process
The World Bank's Farmer-led Irrigation Development Guide provides what, why, and how to for intervention design through a new handbook that can help governments, development practitioners and other stakeholders design public interventions to catalyze FLID. Watch the video to learn more!