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Policy guide to improve water productivity in small-scale agriculture

The case of Burkina Faso, Morocco and Uganda










​Salman, M., Pek, E., Fereres, E. & García-Vila, M. 2020. Policy guide to improve water productivity in small-scale agriculture - The case of Burkina Faso, Morocco and Uganda. Rome, FAO.




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    Field guide to improve water use efficiency in small-scale agriculture
    The case of Burkina Faso, Morocco and Uganda
    2019
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    The role of irrigation in gearing agriculture development towards a broader economic growth is undeniable. Accordingly, irrigation is growing into key operational strategy for governments and their agencies to increase agricultural productivity, thus combatting food insecurity and boosting overall growth. While agriculture absorbs rural workforce, generates income and increases food security, it has become the most important driver in freshwater exploitation. The rapid expansion of water demand leads to the generalized phenomena of imbalance between water supply and water demand. This increasing pressure on water resources urges enhancing Water Use Efficiency. Enhancing Water Use Efficiency requires actions at all levels, from agricultural practitioners to scheme managers, and up to the policy-makers. The objective of this Field Guide is to show practical measures to improve Water Use Efficiency in small-scale agriculture based on case studies from Burkina Faso, Morocco and Uganda. The Book not only presents applicable Water Use Efficiency measures, but also guide the readers through their real-term implementation. While the Guide provides complete set of instructions to improve Water Use Efficiency in order to reach optimal irrigation practices, the successful outcome still depends on the farmers’ willingness to embrace and adopt the recommended measures. The Guide holds in evidence that farmers are often constrained by available resources to improve their practices in terms of budget, inputs or labour. In order to take these issues into account, the recommendations are limited on practical measures, which can be followed by farmers without requiring additional resources.
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    Capacity Development for Farm Management Strategies to Improve Crop-Water Productivity using Aquacrop. Regional Workshop, 17-22 May 2015 - Cordoba, Spain.
    Strengthening Agricultural Water Efficiency and Productivity on the African and Global level. GCP/INT/231/SWI Output 1
    2015
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    The project “CP/INT/231/SWI: Strengthening Agricultural Water Efficiency and Productivity on the African and Global Level” aims at reducing hunger and poverty in three African countries (Burkina Faso, Morocco and Uganda) by focusing on the improvement of Agriculture Water Management (AWM) and mainstreaming AWM in national frameworks and processes. One of the main outputs of the project is to enhance capacity for improved crop water productivity in small-scale agriculture in Burkina Faso, Morocco and Uganda (Output 1). The workshop “Capacity Development for Farm Management Strategies to Improve Crop-Water Productivity Using AquaCrop” was one of the activities of this output.The objective of the workshops was to train participants from the three countries of the project on the practical applications of AquaCrop, in order to improve their skills in strategic management towards increasing crop water productivity in rain-fed and irrigated production systems, and to establish national core t eams acquainted to AquaCrop and be able to service project’s future activities concerned with Crop Water Productivity theme.
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    Regional Training Workshop on Enhancing Water Use Efficiency in Small Scale Irrigation: the Application of FAO’s MASSCOTE Approach. GAP Workshop Report
    8-15 June 2015 - Sanliurfa, Turkey
    2015
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    The project “CP/INT/231/SWI: Strengthening Agricultural Water Efficiency and Productivity on the African and Global Level” aims at reducing hunger and poverty in three African countries (Burkina Faso, Morocco and Uganda) by focusing on the improvement of Agriculture Water Management (AWM) and mainstreaming AWM in national frameworks and processes. The objectives of this project are in line with the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP), which provides a common framework for stimulating and guiding national, regional and continental initiatives for enhanced agriculture productivity in Africa. The ultimate beneficiaries of the project are the small-scale and family farmers, but the overall approach of the project is a combination of bottom up and top down activities and different levels (micro, meso and macro levels). For this reason, the project will be working with extension agents and farmers’ representatives (micro level), research institutes and regional gov ernance structures (meso level), and national governments (macro level). One of the main outputs of the project is to enhance capacity for increased water use efficiency in small-scale irrigation in Burkina Faso, Morocco and Uganda (Output 2). The workshop “Enhancing Water Use Efficiency in Small Scale Irrigation: The Application of FAO’s MASSCOTE Approach” was one of the activities of this output. The main objective of the workshop was to build capacities of water professionals from Burkina Fas o, Morocco and Uganda (as well as the host country as a step towards south- south cooperation) on increasing water use efficiency of irrigation systems by stimulating critical senses of agricultural water management in diagnosing and evaluating obstacles, constraints and opportunities, and in developing consistent modernization plans/ strategies.

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