Drip by precious drip
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CTA. 2002. Drip by precious drip. Spore 97. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
Permanent link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10568/46434
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Even when it is scarce, private initiative will always find its place, just like even scarce water will always rush to fill a dip. And so it was in the late 1980s in much of sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). Where there were irrigation systems in place,...
Even when it is scarce, private initiative will always find its place, just like even scarce water will always rush to fill a dip. And so it was in the late 1980s in much of sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). Where there were irrigation systems in place, State operators were pulling out fast, to stem the financial losses caused by poor performance. Enter the private sector, in the forms of commercial and community initiatives. To the surprise of some observers, privately developed and managed irrigation schemes have now shown their viable business potential. Small-scale, informal schemes run by women s groups and farmers associations have joined the successes of larger, well-equipped irrigated farms. This trend, together with an impressive collection of experiences from all over SSA and from as far afield as Bolivia, was examined by a regional seminar on private sector participation and irrigation expansion held in Accra, Ghana, in late October 2001 and sponsored by CTA, FAO, and Colombo Plan with water management agencies IWMI and IPTRID. More than 80 participants, from 20 countries in SSA and development partners, worked their way through issues of facilitating the entry of new operators, transferring ownership from State to private bodies, training needs and the key issue for many stable financial models for achieving profitability. [caption to illustration] Private partners in public places: it works well