The Global Commission on Adaptation (2019) and Malabo Montpellier Report (2019) highlight the urgency for innovative water and renewable energy solutions to support current agricultural production systems amid a changing climate. Farmer-led irrigation development (FLID) is gaining increased attention by government institutions, development and implementation partners as one of the potential solutions to build climate resilience for smallholder farmers and transform food systems to support healthy diets for all. More thinking is needed to accelerate sustainable scaling of farmer-led irrigation. Furthermore, the knock-on effects of health-related disasters such as the COVID-19 pandemic on market disruptions impacting food and nutrition security, enforces the urgency to increase multiple purpose water access and increase local community resilience.
The Global Water Partnership, the International Water Management Institute, the World Bank and The University of Nebraska Food Institute are organising a 2-part webinar series that will provide an interactive platform on farmer-led irrigation development to:
- Generate a common understanding of challenges and opportunities in operationalising inclusive and sustainable FLID.
- Discuss on the potential for new concepts and solutions to accelerate FLID.
- Explore incentives to enhance inclusive FLID.
- Explore incentives and frameworks to enhance sustainable use of water resources from field to basin level.
The first webinar is on June 11, on the topic “Accelerating Inclusive FLI and Reaching Scale: Key Considerations”.
The second webinar is on July 9, on the topic “Accelerating Inclusive FLI sustainability: a systems approach to reaching scale”.