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  Case Studies  
Field-scale and community-level case studies – For these case studies, researchers used the PROCA methodology to understand the complex interaction among social, economic, and physical factors that influence the uptake and success of AWM innovations and to identify technologies appropriate to different contexts.  
 
  Burkina Faso  
    Smallholder Innovation in Burkina Faso  
    The use of the Korsimoro Reservoir for dry season vegetable production upstream of the dam has had both positive and negative outcomes...  
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    Innovation dans les Petites Explotations au Burkina Faso  
       
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  Ethiopia  
    Motorised Water Lifting in Ethiopia  
    Encouraging enterprises that combine the supply of pumps, technical support to farmers and markets for produce, could greatly improve the use of water lifting technologies and bring economic benets to farmers...  
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    Manual Well Drilling in Ethiopia  
    Just over half of Ethiopia's 64 million rural population live in poverty. Less than 10 percent of the 3.7 to 4.3 million hectares of irrigable land is currently irrigated.Establishing a private sector industry for manual well drilling to access groundwater for irrigation would have the following benefits:...  
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    Groundwater Management in Ethiopia  
    Ethiopia has large reserves of groundwater that could be used to drive agricultural growth. Better hydrogeoplogical mapping, changes to existing policy, and capacity building are needed to harness this untapped resource...  
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    Watershed Management in Ethopia  
    Ethiopia has a history of watershed management initiatives dating back to the 1970s. The basic approach has shifted from top-down infrastructure solutions to community-based approaches. There is now a supportive policy and legal framework in the form of policies that facilitate decentralized...  
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    Agricultural Use of Ground Water in Ethiopia: Assessment of Potential and Analysis of Economics, Policies, Constraints and Opportunities  
       
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    Water Lifting Irrigation Technology Adoption in Ethiopia: Challenges and Opportunities  
       
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  Ghana  
    Inland Valleys In Ghana  
    Inland valleys are low-lying areas, including valley bottoms and floodplains, receiving runoff from hills and mountains. These valleys and adjacent lowlands cover approximately 190 million hectares in sub-Saharan Africa, and are locally referred to as dambosin...  
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    Shallow Groundwater in Ghana  
    Groundwater use for agriculture is limited to just 5% of the total groundwater used in Ghana, this could be increased significantly with greater information and policy support. In general, the investment cost of developing shallow groundwater (SGW) for irrigation is relatively...  
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    Water Lifting Technology in Ghana  
    In 2008 there were around 1.85 million farm households in Ghana with an estimated average of 1.44 ha of potential irrigable land per household. This amounts to an area of 2.35 million ha that could be irrigated if adoption of agricultural water management technologies,...  
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    Agricultural Use of Shallow Groundwater in Ghana: A Promising Smallholder Livelihood Strategy  
       
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    Inland Valleys in Ghana: Untapped Potential  
     
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    An Assessment of the IFTC Outgrower Scheme in Ghana  
     
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    Adoption of water lifting technologies for agricultural production in Ghana: implications for investments in smallholder irrigation systems  
     
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  India - West Bengal  
    Treadle Pumps in Cooch Bihar  
    Have cheap pumps, fuel subsidies and rural electrification made treadle pumps obsolete? Despite falling sales and increasing abandonment of the treadle pump,...  
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    Groundwater Irrigation in West Bengal  
    Groundwater has emerged as the main source of irrigation for smallholder farmers in India and much of it has been through private investments. West Bengal is no exception. Here, revising groundwater policies as well as provision and pricing of electricity could propel smallholder farmers on a path to higher agricultural growth and poverty alleviation...  
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    Rainwater Harvesting in West Bengal  
    Small ponds on individual farms can store rainwater for the dry season allowing households to diversify crops, produce fish, increase livestock numbers and have water for domestic use...  
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    Impact Study of hapa and its multiple uses in Bankura district  
     
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    Choice of Irrigation Technology: Opportunities and Constraints for Adoption of Agricultural Water Pumping Technologies by Small Farmers in Cooch Behar District, India  
       
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  India - Madhya Pradesh  
    Accelerating Drip Irrigation in Madhya Pradesh  
    This study looked into the reasons for the slow uptake of drip irrigation, a technology which ostensibly has good potential for conserving water, with particular emphasis on the role of subsidies...  
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    Rainwater Harvesting in Madhya Pradesh  
    Encouraging smallholders to build their own tanks to conserve monsoon rainwater for irrigation has reaped widespread benefits in one area of Madhya Pradesh...  
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    Improving Water Security through MGNREGS  
    The Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme to address chronic rural poverty has been effective in developing water harvesting and storage structures. However, not all farmers in the scheme can access this water because they do not have pumps...  
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    Accelerating Adoption of Drip Irrigation in
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    The Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme: A Promising Solution for Agricultural Water Management in India: An Assessment Based on a Case Study in Madhya Pradesh  
   
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    An Assessment of Decentralized Rain Water Harvesting Systems in Madhya Pradesh, India  
       
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  Tanzania  
    Community Managed River Diversions in Tanzania  
    Investing in improvements to existing community managed river diversion irrigation schemes can lead to gains water productivity and household income. infrastructure...  
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    Water Lifting Technology in Tanzania  
    There are many types of smallholder water lifting technologies (WLTs) used in Tanzania. These include manual irrigation methods such as buckets and watering cans, manual pumping methods (mainly treadle pumps), motorized pumps, wind and solar pumps, and hydram.....  
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    Conservation Agriculture in Tanzania  
    Conservation Agriculture (CA) covers many techniques for capturing and storingwateras well as improving soil quality and ultimtely agricultural output. Forming farmer groups and training farmers has shown positive results both in spreading the use of CA and increasing yields...  
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    Adoption and Outscaling of Conservation Agriculture in Tanzania  
       
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    Impacts of Improving Traditional Irrigation Schemes in Mvomero District, Tanzania  
       
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    Investment Opportunities for Water Lifting Technologies in Smallholder Irrigated Agriculture in Tanzania  
       
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  Zambia  
    Improving the Motor Pump Supply Chain in Zambia  
    Many more farmers could gain access to motor pumps if the supply chain was improved. This would require greater government support, better information, more pump suppliers in agricultural areas and appropriate nance. Farmers’ associations could play a major role in all aspects...  
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    ImprovIng HortIcultural Markets In ZambIa  
    Zambia’s fresh market sector needs supportive policies, better controls on brokers and infrastructure investment to meet growing demand...  
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    Agricultural Water Management Technology Adoption in Zambia: An Inventory  
       
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    Structure of the Lusaka Fresh Produce Market in Zambia  
       
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    Qualitative Study on Gender in Agricultural Water Technologies Adoption and Management in Zambia  
       
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    Smallholder Outgrowers in Irrigated Agriculture in Zambia  
     
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    Agricultural Water Management Technology Adoption in Zambia: Findings of a Household Survey  
       
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    Improving the Supply Chain of Motor Pumps to Expand Small-scale Private Irrigation in Zambia  
     
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  General  
    Small Reservoirs in sub-Saharan Africa  
  Small reservoirs mean dierent things to dierent people.
For investors, the challenge lies in coordinating and
integrating multiple users and social groups...
 
  Small reservoirs1 are an on-the-ground reality in sub-Saharan Africa. They provide signicant opportunities for soil and water conservation, drought proong and developing smallscale community-based irrigation schemes. A well-designed reservoir can support multiple water uses including livestock watering, sheries, domestic and small business water use,...  
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    Uneven Relationships in Small Reservoir Projects in sub-Saharan Africa  
  Those who invest in small reservoir projects or initiatives and wish to challenge or alter what they see as 'undesirable practices' need to start by recognizing their underlying complexity...  
  What some people call 'corrupt' practices are most of the time and in many places standard practices that make it possible for people to complete projects, however far they may fall short of the desired specications. Rehabilitation and construction of small reservoirs1 in sub-Saharan...  
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    Outgrower Schemes: A promising model for poor farmers?  
  Outgrower schemes seem to offer a promising opportunity. Multinational agribusinesses and large supermarket chains are increasingly making use of outgrowers to secure their supplies...  
  Outgrower schemes provide one of the most important factors for smallholders to invest in enhancing their productivity: a guaranteed market for their produce. Many schemes go beyond that, offering participating farmers access to water, irrigation technologies, inputs,...  
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    Gender Aspects of Small-Scale Private Irrigation in Sub-Saharan Africa  
  Irrigation is becoming an important trigger for agricultural growth in Sub-Saharan Africa, with both women and men adopting small-scale private irrigation in ever larger numbers. This trend in farmer-led agricultivity...  
  Researchers and program managers have done some assessments on gender in public irrigation schemes, where they have identified gender inequities in irrigated land allocation and membership in water user associations (Meinzen-Dick and Zwarteveen 1998; Van...  
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