Sustainable Inclusive Intensification
Improving inclusivity and sustainability in agriculture is complicated by climate change: for example, how to reduce vulnerability and ensure ecologically viable sustainable intensification in dry season agriculture or in climate vulnerable dryland farming systems; how to ensure improved productivity of a diverse group of marginalised smallholders in diverse agro-ecological contexts. Unfortunately, evidence suggests that medium to large-scale irrigation interventionshave rarely been inclusive or sustainable. Previous approaches narrowly focused on productivity, water efficiency and management of irrigation systems and services, neglecting attention to ecosystem viability and sustainability and intersectional socio-economic vulnerabilities. Early analyses of new revolutions in farmer-led smallholder irrigation in sub-Saharan Africa show that women face multiple constraints and may even have become worse off in some cases. There is thus an urgent need to ensure that irrigation interventions inform and contribute to the SDG goals of sustainable and inclusive agriculture intensification. This proposal aims to being together several initiatives between CG centres and CRPs on rethinking inclusive water interventions that can correspond to Sustainable Intensification of Agriculture.