Water Productivity Improvement At Plot Level

(since 2008)

BACKGROUND

The Water Productivity Improvement at Plot Level Project (WPI), funded by SDC, shall contribute to enhanced water productivity, crop yields and yield stability at plot level through improved on-farm respectively on-plot water management, thereby avoiding negative impacts on the environment such as water logging and salinization. The project objective is to strengthen the capacity (in terms of knowledge, extension material and methods) of the different actors in the agricultural innovation system through strategic alliances for conveying solid and adapted extension messages relating to water productivity improvement at plot level to the farmers.

The WPI project focuses on the generation, transformation and dissemination of water-related knowledge to im-prove crop and water productivity at farm/plot level. It is acknowledged that for improving water productivity, both, agronomic management and water management have to be addressed. The project will therefore develop strate-gic alliances with national partners in the three countries that are disposed to generate, translate and disseminate agro-technical knowledge and provide them with hydro-technical knowledge and experience from the IWRM pro-ject and other sources. Project activities will follow the different steps of the innovation cycle for developing and disseminating relevant technologies, by constantly further improving and adapting technologies and extension material according to the evaluation of systematically collected feedback from the end-users. The project will initiate first innovation cycles and facilitate the autonomous “turning” of the cycle to the end of the project.

The project is neither a research nor an extension project, but it is active at the interface between the two. It will therefore supply extension actors in each country with the necessary technical and methodological know-how to position them optimally for the distribution of hydro-technical irrigation messages. National and international part-ners will contribute with their respective methodological (extension) and technical (agronomic) competences to the development and dissemination of sound, easy-to-understand advice for farmers which integrates agronomic and irrigation management and satisfies their site- and situation-specific needs. In pilot-areas the project will facili-tate dissemination to test the success of the approach. For selected technologies with high impact potential the project will carry out adaptive research, relying on participatory approaches, aiming at feeding tested and adapted technologies into extension