Unravelling the potential of Farmer led Irrigation Development in Mozambique (FAID)
Aim: Smallholder led innovation processes in irrigation and agriculture are until now poorly understood even though their contribution to rural and economic development, food security and poverty alleviation in developing countries is substantial. Explorative research in BAGC (Beira Agricultural Growth Corridor) Mozambique suggests that over 100,000 hectares of irrigated agriculture have been developed through dispersed small scale grassroots initiatives and innovations. Most of these projects are not recognized by and/or invisible to the private sector, donors, and governments. In this context, the current project aims to innovatively contribute to a better understanding of the processes, triggers and impacts of these developments in irrigated agriculture.
Objective: The main objective of this project is to contribute to the enhancement of smallholders agricultural production, food security and local rural economies by fostering open innovation processes and grassroots entrepreneurship in the informal irrigation sector of rural Mozambique (and beyond).
Method: The co-production of innovative research and assessment methodologies; the identification of key (f)actors that either facilitate and/or constrain these developments and; the development of effective strategies and tools that foster and strengthen the unrealized potentials of smallholder entrepreneurship and their engagement with the private and public sector.
Dutch policy goal: Increased sustainable agricultural production.
Duration: February 2016 – February 2019