Is farmer-led irrigation driving a new ‘green revolution?’ | Land Portal

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April 2019
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One of the most striking things about some of the study sites in the A1 (smallholder) land reform schemes of Zimbabwe is the amount of small-scale irrigation going on. This is not on schemes or in formalised group gardens;but irrigation by individual farmers;many using small pump sets and pipes. This has been investigated in Masvingo;in Mvurwi in high-potential Mashonaland East;and in Chikobedzi in Chiredzi district in the dry lowveld. It seems to be a widespread phenomenon but is emerging largely unnoticed and unsupported. If the patterns seen in these studies sites are representative;this implies a very large and expanding irrigated area driven by individual initiative;largely unrecognised by agricultural and irrigation policy. This is perhaps the beginnings of a new ‘green revolutionled by farmers. Contains an article ‘Irrigating Africa: can small-scale farmers lead the way?’. Argues that as Zimbabwe contemplates new land and agriculture policies;farmer-led irrigation approaches must be central.

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Zimbabweland (Ian Scoones

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