Diesel-based groundwater irrigation has been crucial in expanding dry season boro paddy cultivation in Bangladesh. Boro paddy was, in turn, instrumental in ensuring the country’s food security. But high dependence on imported diesel is a financial burden for the government. Transitioning to clean and renewable energy sources, like solar, can alleviate the government’s fiscal burden and help decarbonize the agricultural sector. Bangladesh has promoted multiple models for the diffusion of solar irrigation pumps (SIPs), ranging from the conventional subsidy-driven models of SIP ownership to the fee-for-service model that leverages private sector investments for expanding the outreach of irrigation services. The fee-for-service model promoted in Bangladesh by the Infrastructure Development Company Limited (IDCOL) is unique in the South-Asian context for bringing public-private partnership in SIP expansion. This model also offers useful lessons for the provision of affordable irrigation to smallholder farmers in the region.
On top of its climate benefits, the technology is boosting women’s income and confidence while challenging traditional gender norms, writes IWMI's Tanmoy Bhaduri. The post Solar pumps are empowering women farmers in India first appeared on International Water Management Institute (IWMI). [more...]
Solar irrigation technology has the potential to empower more than 12 million women farmers across Nepal who constitute the backbone of the country’s farming system. The post Empowering female farmers through improved access to water technologies first appeared on International Water Management Institute (IWMI). [more...]
The World Bank and IWMI will rapidly scale climate science to support agri-business in Zambia, tackling the climate challenge head on through the new AICCRA-Zambia Accelerator Grant. The post Agriculture climate science in Zambia gets boost with launch of new World Bank-backed grant first appeared on International Water Management Institute (IWMI). [more...]
During COP26 and beyond, IWMI will continue to advance a wide range of water-focused climate solutions and develop a diverse set technical, policy, and financial tools. The post Four ways IWMI is using water to advance climate adaptation and mitigation around the world first appeared on International Water Management Institute (IWMI). [more...]
As a result of IWMI’s work in the realms of e-flow monitoring and aquifer recharge, water management for rivers and aquifers has been strengthened. The post How water can boost environmental health and biodiversity first appeared on International Water Management Institute (IWMI). [more...]