Policy analysis of interventions to expand and rehabilitate irrigation in Sub-Saharan Africa
Since my main area of expertise has been in Sub-Saharan Africa, I have brought together a number of other research and work experiences to produce policy documents that address how irrigation in SSA might be sustainably expanded and/or rehabilitated. I argue this has to be done while recognising the specific challenges that irrigators and donors face, while at the same time distinguishing the difference between support for vegetable production (row crops) and grain production (field/broadacre crops). I recommend a comprehensive approach that welcomes a variety of technologies alongside flexible support services that prioritise local knowledges, resources and skills.
This work can be downloaded in the following categories:
Commission for Africa section on irrigation infrastructure
Lankford, BA (2005) Rural infrastructure to contribute to African agricultural development: the case of irrigation. Report for The Commission for Africa, School of Development Studies, University of East Anglia, Norwich.
Lankford, B.A. 2006. Exploring policy interventions for agricultural water management in Africa. DEV/ODG Research Note. School of Development Studies, University of East Anglia, Norwich., UK
The right irrigation? Recent author of opinion piece in journal Water Alternatives.
Lankford, B.A. 2009. The right irrigation? Policy directions for agricultural water management in sub-Saharan Africa. Water Alternatives 2(3): 476-480.
Also see my presentation at the Future Agricultures/SOAS June 2010 workshop on the World Bank Report ‘Awakening Africa’s Sleeping Giant’ (1.4 MB PDF)
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