Increasing irrigation water productivity in Mozambique, Tanzania and Zimbabwe through on-farm monitoring, adaptive management and Agricultural Innovation Platforms

Background and objectives

This project is about increasing irrigation water productivity and changing farmer behaviour in three south-eastern African countries.This project will look at options for more-sustainable management of common pool resources. It will identify barriers to improved productivity and profitability along the value chain of irrigation production; improve irrigation water productivity; develop an adaptive management approach to both on-farm water management and water resource management; and increase the capacity of farmers, organisations and governments to adaptively manage water.

Project outputs

Bjornlund H., Zuo A., Wheeler S, Parry K., Pittock J., Mdemu M., Moyo M. (2019) “The dynamics of the relationship between household decision-making and farm household income in small-scale irrigation schemes in southern Africa”, Agricultural Water Management, 213, 135-145. ERA/ABDC A.

Manero A., Wheeler S.A., Zuo A., Mdemu M. (2019) “Exploring the Head Versus Tail‐End Dichotomy on Yield and Farm Incomes in Smallholder Irrigation Schemes in Tanzania”, Water Resources Research, ERA A*.

Wheeler S., Zuo A., Bjornlund H., Mdemu M., Rooyen A., Munguambe P. (2017) “An overview of extension use in irrigated agriculture and case studies in south-eastern Africa”, International Journal of Water Resources Development, 33 (5), 755-769.

de Sousa W., Ducrot R., Munguambe P., Bjornlund H., Machava A., Cheveia E., Faduco J. (2017) "Irrigation and crop diversification in the 25 de Setembro irrigation scheme, Mozambique", International Journal of Water Resources Development, 33 (5), 704-724.

Mdemu M.V., Mziray N., Bjornlund H., Kashaigili J.J. (2017) "Barriers to and opportunities for improving productivity and profitability of the Kiwere and Magozi irrigation schemes in Tanzania", International Journal of Water Resources Development, 33 (5), 725-739.

Moyo M., van Rooyen A., Moyo M., Chivenge P., Bjornlund H. (2017) "Irrigation development in Zimbabwe: understanding productivity barriers and opportunities at Mkoba and Silalatshani irrigation schemes", International Journal of Water Resources Development, 33 (5), 740-754.

Manero A. (2017) “The limitations of negative incomes in the Gini coefficient decomposition by source”, Applied Economics Letters, 24 (14), 977-981.

Manero A. (2017) “Income inequality within smallholder irrigation schemes in Sub-Saharan Africa”, International Journal of Water Resources Development, 33 (5), 770-787.

Bjornlund H., van Rooyen A., Stirzaker R. (2017) "Profitability and productivity barriers and opportunities in small-scale irrigation schemes", International Journal of Water Resources Development, 3 (5). 690-704.

Manero A. (2016) “Uneven Irrigation and economic inequalities: exploring the connection”, Proceedings of the 2nd World Irrigation Forum, Chiang Mai, Thailand, 6-8 November 2016.

Manero A., Isdory D., Bjornlund H. (2016) “Why equity of irrigation water supply matters for economic equality?”, Proceedings of the 4th African Regional Conference on Irrigation and Drainage, Cairo, Egypt, 27 April 2016.

Project partners

Collaborating institutions:


Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR Project FSC/2013/006), 2013-2017


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