|Micro Irrigation (MI)|
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
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
Access to Affordable Irrigation Technology for Small Farmers in Northern Ghana
Marketing Drip Irrigation to the BOP in Burkina Faso
Market Creation for Drip Irrigation at the Base of the Pyramid in Kyrgistan
Socio-Economic Impact of Water Harvesting in Brazil
How Smallholder Farmers in Nicaragua Can Generate more Regrular Income Streams Through Diversification
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.