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

This ACIAR 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. This is a large multi-country project headed by the Australian National University. Assoc. Prof Sarah Wheeler and Dr Alec Zuo are providing socio-economic expertise toward meeting the complex project outcomes.

The project (2013-17) is funded by the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research Council and headed up by Dr Jamie Pittock, Director of International Programs and UNESCO Chair in Water Economics and Transboundary Water Governance.

Project support includes researchers from:

  • Australian National University
  • AKMA – Tanzania
  • Ardhi University - Tanzania
  • Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) - Australia
  • Tanzania • Food
  • Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN)
  • International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT)
  • National Institute of Irrigation - Mozambique
  • University of Pretoria - South Africa
  • University of South Australia

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