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Irrigation for rural development

IWMI researchers call for careful planning, environmentally responsible water management and active community participation to ensure long-term success of irrigation projects in Nepal.
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Making Nepali farmers happy

The integration of groundwater-based irrigation systems with farmer-managed irrigation systems holds great potential, says IWMI researchers.

Kathmandu Post: Reviving Nepal’s agriculture

Nepal’s agriculture is largely dominated by small and medium holder farmers practising a mixed farming system (MFS) which includes multiple cropping practices like growing vegetables and fruits and raising livestock.

Kathmandu Post: Grid-connected solar irrigation

Groundwater (GW) irrigation through shallow tube wells (STWs) powered by diesel pumps has been crucial for farmers in the Terai belt since the 1970s (Asian Development Bank, 2013) due to low investment cost, easy repair, and an established supply chain.

Kathmandu Post: Sharing energy benefits

Nepal’s energy sector has vastly improved from just a few years ago. The Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA), the country’s monopoly electric utility, is highly profitable after decades of persistent losses.

The Himalayan Times: Subsidised solar irrigation pumps: Not benefitting needy farmers

A survey conducted by the International Water Management Institute found that more than 40 per cent of the farmers received solar pumps for free.
Farmer group discussion in Lamkane (Photo: Stephanie Cheesman / CIMMYT)

Supporting Nepal’s hill farmers to enhance their livelihoods through mixed farming

The hilly region of Nepal faces low productivity issues in the mixed farming system due to its’ challenged agro eco-system.
Farmers weeding a paddy field in Belanpur village of Banke district of Nepal. The paddy field is irrigated from the Irrigation Channel of Sikta Irrigation Project. Photo: Nabin Baral / IWMI

Women’s leadership in the Water, Energy, Food and Ecosystem (WEFE) Nexus...

Social justice and equity must drive a sustainable approach. Women and disadvantaged groups need equal growth opportunities to become the next generation of Water, Energy, Food, and Ecosystems Leaders.
Farmers weeding in a paddy field in Belanpur village in the Banke District of Nepal. Photo: Nabin Baral / IWMI

Why joint consideration of the water, energy, food, and environment sectors...

As IWD approaches, CGIAR is launching a new research initiative – NEXUS Gains – that focuses on developing integrated innovations and solutions across the water, energy, food, and environment (WEFE) sectors.

Learning and unlearning through role-play

How participatory gender workshops are enabling communities in Nepal