Improving the supply chain of motor pumps to accelerate mechanized small-scale private irrigation in Zambia
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Colenbrander, W.; van Koppen, Barbara. 2013. Improving the supply chain of motor pumps to accelerate mechanized small-scale private irrigation in Zambia. Water International, 38(4):493-503. (Special issue on "Sustainable groundwater development for improved livelihoods in Sub-Saharan Africa, Part 1" with contributions by IWMI authors). doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02508060.2013.819602
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During the past decade, smallholder groundwater irrigation with motor pumps has increased considerably in Zambia. This study analyzes an important but hitherto ignored factor for adoption: the supply chain of imported motor pumps. The main obstacles for farmers are identified as: the highly centralized supply chain and financing facilities in urban hubs; lack of information about prices, which vary significantly for the same make and model of pump; lack of information and training on proper use and maintenance; and lack of financing facilities. The Zambia National Farmers Union seems best placed to remove these obstacles.