Project Profile

Improving Rural Livelihoods - GoK-CGIAR Initiative

Duration : April 1, 2013 - March 31, 2017
(Extended to March 31, 2020)

The project main objective is to scale-up the systems approach for improving rural livelihoods by adopting the principle of convergence, consortium, capacity building and collective action. The specific objectives are: (i) to investigate the existing adoption level of the drip irrigation by the farmers, identify the gaps and key drivers of better operation and maintenance (ii) to study the existing water use and yield of crops under different irrigation regimes and its economics (iii) to pilot the drip telechnology in selected farm locations and for selected crops. (iv) to develop a capacity building programme to sustain the drip irrigation systems and provide training to the farmers at the village level and drip layout, water budgeting, drip fertigation, irrigation scheduling and drip maintenance (v) to develop a policy document for sustainable drip irrigation uptake.

Location(s): India
Project Contact: Amerasinghe, Priyanie
Donor(s): -
Research Collaborator(s) : International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics,

Farmers cultivating lettuce, while another farmer digs a small canal (marwa) with a donkey, Egypt. Photo: cc: Hamish John Appleby/IWMI