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Already, there are a broad range achievements emerging from the AgWater Solutions project.

Here, we outline the highlights. The list is not exhaustive, but rather is meant to reflect the breadth of outcomes related to investments, policy change, implementation as well as owner-ship of the project products and processes.

Moreover, these achievements do not just illustrate uptake of particular project products or assets. They also demonstrate the project’s contribution to broader development objectives, like increasing the use of science in policy and decision making, strengthening the understanding of key decision makers regarding science and the opinions of farmers and local level gov-ernment officials, and creating relationships that allow for future engagement on important development issues.

Fostering Targeted Investments
The project’s Tanzania team shared findings with the Parliamentary Com-mittee on Agriculture, Water and Livestock to raise the profile of agriculture and AWM in the parliament and to try to increase government funding. The Committee was interested in the findings and proposed that the project make a similar presentation to the whole parliament (National Assembly).

The committee pledged to support a budgetary increase in the Ministry of Agriculture in the next budget (2012/13) to accommodate the proposed solu-tions for smallholder farmers. Problems of poor governance, including insuffi-cient support for smallholders, and insufficient numbers of extension officers were raised by the Committee. The Parliamentary Committee will be meeting to discuss investment options in smallholder farming systems and will share a document detailing their propositions.

The meeting resulted in substantial media interest and a follow-on media workshop. As a result, the AWM project and proposed solutions have been highlighted on prime time TV, radio and print media. This in turn has prompt-ed several members of the Parliamentary Committee on Water, Agriculture and Livestock to call the project team re-stating their support for a budgetary increase in the Ministry of Agriculture, Food security & Cooperatives around the proposed AWM solutions.

A technical workshop on supply chain and duty waiver issues related to small pumps was held with representatives of Ministry of Finance, Zambian Revenue Authority, several other relevant government agencies, micro-finance provid-ers, private sector equipment suppliers, and a farmer representative.

The discussions focused on bottlenecks in the agricultural equipment supply chain, in particular those affecting small scale farmers. The workshop led to a greater understanding on the current regulatory system and the constraints felt by small scale farmers, who are largely unable to access the duty waiver.

The discussion focused on how to communicate the current duty waiver guidelines and opportunities to extend the duty waiver, in particular the VAT zero rating, to small-scale farmers. It was agreed that Mr. George Sikuleka, Chief Irrigation Engineer, Ministry of Agriculture and Food, (National Focal Point for the project) will follow up with the Ministry of Finance and the ex-pectation is that that this will be incorporated in the 2013 budget prepara-tions.

  Influencing Implementation: Donor and government support for new AWM projects  
  Tanzania and Ethiopia:  
  A new project implemented by FAO and funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) is building on the knowledge generated by the AgWater Solutions Project. In particular, this project is planning to adopt some of the promising solutions, and draw on the project maps for Tanzania and Ethiopia.

The Government of Tanzania has set aside 360mill TZ shs (approximately US$ 200,000) for the Rehabilitation of Irrigation Schemes in response to the AgWater Solutions findings and the FAO project.

  Integrating the Dialogue Process into National Processes and Discussion Forums  
  In January 2012 a discussion forum with the Ministry of Agriculture Transformation Agency (MoA ATA) was started. The goal is to form a partnership to ensure continued discussions around AWM issues of interest to the country and to identify the modalities under which to do this.

  Burkina Faso:  
  The Irrigation Division of Burkina Faso’s Ministry of Agriculture organized an exposure visit for farmers and donors to field sites studied by the project to discuss supplementary irrigation for rain-fed areas. During the visit one of the project’s business models (e.g., establishing a pump rental market through irrigation service providers) was also discussed. The exposure visit is an example of the transition from project-facilitated to partner-facilitated AWM outreach.  
  The project team met with the CEO of the Southern Agricultural Corridor of Tanzania (SAGCOT) to exchange information about the two programs and to identify potential areas for collabora-tion.

Following the meeting, the CEO of SAGCOT invited the AgWater Solutions team to participate in discussions at a SAGCOT workshop offered the AWM Solutions project a platform, within the SAGCOT framework, to discuss issues related to water use efficiency and to entrench the dia-logue process on AWM solutions.

  Providing Evidence-based Recommendations for Policy Revisions  
  The Ghana Irrigation and Development Authority (GIDA) would like to formalize links between the agriculture, rural energy and transportation sectors. The purpose of this is to bring agricultural development needs into rural energy (e.g., electrification) and transportation (e.g., market links) planning and prioritization.

Further discussions on interplay between Agriculture and Energy Policy were held in a technical workshop with the Chair of the Parliamentary Select Committee on Food and Agriculture and another MP member of the Committee together with the representative of the Minister of Food and Agriculture.

  West Bengal:  
  In September 2011, members of the project team together with Dr. Mihir Shah, Member, Planning Commission, met with senior officers and the Minister of Water Resources of West Bengal to present the findings and recommendations from this project and earlier research on the topic. Following these meetings and subsequent follow up, the Government of West Bengal passed two government orders (GOs) that draw from the set of project recommendations provided:

Farmers with pumps up to 5 HP and water discharge of up to 30 m3/hour will no longer need a State Water Investigation Directorate (SWID) certificate. This was identified, by the AgWater Solutions Project, as one of the most important impediments to access groundwater by smallholder farmers. This GO was passed on 9th November 2011.

The electricity department will now provide farmers with electricity connections upon a payment ranging from INR 5,000 to INR 30,000 depending on HP of the pump. Earlier, each farmer was given an individual estimate that covered costs of wires, poles and transformers and the average estimate varied from INR 75,000 to INR 200,000.