Tetra Tech’s Daria Mashnik, Headley Jacobus, and Jeannelle Blanchard; Amer Bargouth, formerly with Tetra Tech; Eva Jiayu Wang, Yale School of Forestry; and Ryan Shelby, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) present the role of lack of access to water, energy, and finance in inhibiting the spread of irrigation in Asia and Africa. The paper discusses how these problems are interconnected—complicating the use of technological solutions—and presents several approaches to address these issues in Asia and Africa.

While an increasing number of innovators are developing technologies to address irrigation needs, lack of access to water, energy, and finance hinder their successful development and implementation with smallholder farmers. This paper examines seven case studies in Asia and Africa that illustrate common factors for successful adoption of new irrigation products and services by underserved communities: appropriate technology, sales, maintenance, financing, and revenue collection.

Daria Mashnik, Headley Jacobus, Jeannelle Blanchard et al.
February 9, 2017
Sustainable Energy Technologies and Assessments
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