Africa is seeing a surge of interest in irrigation among small-scale farmers as climate change brings more erratic weather. Currently, only 6 percent of arable land in Africa is irrigated, compared to 14 and 37 percent in Latin America and Asia respectively. At the same time, a growing population across the continent demands more, reliable and continuous supply of food. It is estimated that without additional investment in irrigation, the share of people at risk of hunger could increase by 5 percent by 2030 and 12 percent by 2050. Elevating irrigation to a top policy priority and bringing irrigation to scale could help ensure the continent’s food security in the face of more extreme weather conditions and be an engine of agricultural transformation.
The Malabo Montpellier Panel’s report, Water-Wise: Smart Irrigation Strategies for Africa, summarizes the key findings of a systematic analysis of what six African countries at the forefront of progress on irrigation have done right. The report has identified a set of policies and practices which, if brought to scale, could significantly improve the resilience and livelihoods of rural communities and spur overall agricultural growth and transformation in Africa. The report reviews traditional and new, innovative small-scale and large-scale irrigation approaches and technologies that have been implemented in Africa.
Organized by the Malabo Montpellier Panel (MaMo panel) and moderated by its Co-chair, Dr. Ousmane Badiane this webinar was presented by M. Daoudou Salifou, Head of agricultural statistics, informatics and documentation (DSID) department at Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Production and Fisheries of Togo. The presenter discussed concrete practical steps that Togo has taken to put into action a set of winning program policies and partnerships to develop irrigation.
The webinar was held in French