Water Productivity Improvement at Plot Level Project Phase III
The WPI-PL grew out of earlier activities in the field of water productivity at plot level that were implemented as a modest component within the IWRM-Fergana project, led by SIC-ICWC and IWMI. In April 2008, the WPI-PL started as an independent project separated from IWRM-Fergana with an inception phase (Phase I). Particular attention was paid to the actors and inter-relationships in the proposed innovation cycle. The inception phase was intended to design an approach that would make sure that the project would not become an ?extension project?, but through which the outputs could be spread by extension. In March 2009, the Water Productivity Improvement at Plot Level (WPI-PL) project entered its main phase (Phase II). Main objectives of the project were to test the Innovation Cycle, and organize innovative partnership system of interaction between various organizations such as research institutes, information centers, disseminators/trainers in order to improve water productivity at plot level in three countries: Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. The project was aimed at development of strategic alliances with national partners in the three countries which will generate, translate and disseminate agro- and hydro-technical knowledge. Twenty six fields were selected for demonstration of innovative practices for improving water productivity at plot level. Project was implemented in Fergana Valley, which is located in the South-Eastern part of Central Asia and Eastern part of Aral Sea Basin. The Phase II of the project has been implemented successfully in years 2009-2011. During Phase II, the project, on the base of the created system of interaction between different organizations, had produced plenty of useful dissemination materials in Russian, Uzbek, Kyrgyz and Tajik languages on irrigation management and related techniques for use under specific crop, soil and climatic conditions. This material was used by farmers in their field. In the spring of 2011, there were two detailed external missions to review the according performance and results of the project. The external reviews were positive regarding the results achieved by WPI-PL project in such a short period of time. External reviewers assessed that WPI-PL project has been successful, specifically, in developing and applying the Innovation Cycle among participating partners, and technologies promoted by WPI-PL project were extremely relevant for farmers needs in order to improve water productivity at plot level. The project is implemented by 18 key partners: 2 main partners within the Regional group - SIC-ICWC and IWMI, and 16 national partners ? organizations selected to ensure implementation of the project objectives on-site. This organizational system, directed on the implemented Innovation Cycle, is proven very effective for linking between different organization for water and land productivity improvement.