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Affordable micro-irrigation technologies such as drip irrigation, sprinkler irrigation, treadle pumps, water storage and solar pumps are promising solutions to combat poverty of small farmers. They can generate considerably higher incomes if the grow high-value crops such as vegetables. 

A series of master studies have been undertaken to look into the intricacies of bringing affordable micro-irrigation technologies to BOP customers in different countries.

Commercialization prospects of low cost drip irrigation systems in Central America

This study by Nadja Kränzlin explores the possibilities of marketing affordable drip irrigation systems to small farmers in Central America, especially in Nicaragua

Making Micro-irrigation systems accessible through Microfinance to BOP farmers

This field study by Isabelle Stauffer assess the needs of BOP farmers in terms of microfinance for the acquisition of micro-irrigation systems and the supply of microfinance products for this target group.


Characterizing Poor Smallholder Farmers in Nicaragua

This study by Nathalie Hallensiebe sheds light on the paradox that rural poverty levels in Nicaragua remain as high as 68%1 despite relatively good access to land.


Access to Affordable Irrigation Technology for Small Farmers in Northern Ghana

This study by Annemarie Lagger that describes IDE's affordable irrigation program in Ghana.


Marketing Drip Irrigation to the BOP in Burkina Faso

In this thesis by Alexander Krizan, the case of the NGO iDE Burkina Faso has been addressed to show an NGO, which successfully distributes low-cost drip irrigation systems to smallholder farmers.


Market Creation for Drip Irrigation at the Base of the Pyramid in Kyrgistan

This study by Markus Brauchli describes an emerging drip irrigation program in Kyrgizstan (a cooperation between IDE and Helvetas).


Socio-Economic Impact of Water Harvesting in Brazil

This study by Simon Locher assesses the investments of Vivamos Mejor, a Swiss Foundation, in rainwater harvesting technologies.

How Smallholder Farmers in Nicaragua Can Generate more Regrular Income Streams Through Diversification

This study by Anne-Laurence Zingg discusses diversification as a possible method to tackle the food drought of The Thin Months.  

Overcoming the Thin Months in Coffee - How diversification can generate stable and higher incomes in Marcala (Honduras)

This study by Fabiana Margadant proposes to tackle the two main causes through income and crop diversification. Both diversification strategies can be realized through an increased vegetable production.