This report focuses on irrigation initiated by smallholders, ‘farmer-led irrigation’ (FLI), and addresses the following questions:
- What is known about the extent of FLI in sub-Saharan Africa in the 2010s? What has been developed, and how?
- How successful has FLI been? What problems arise? How do such developments compare to irrigation that has been initiated by public authorities?
- How has public policy either assisted or hindered FLI? What are the lessons for policy-makers?
This synthesis brings together findings from research conducted under the DFID-ESRC Growth Research Programme (DEGRP) with the wider literature on irrigation in SSA.