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FIELD Brief No. 8: Partnering to Improve Access to Irrigation in Rural Peru

September 2010 — Drought, climate change and inefficient irrigation have led to declining agricultural productivity in Peru. This brief describes a pilot project that explored innovative ways to make irrigation more accessible to rural farmers in Peru, which would improve yields and reduce waste. The team tested a partnership approach that brought together microfinance institutions, irrigation technology companies, local government offices, and small producers and traders to improve water use, increase farmer income and demonstrate how to implement similar scalable initiatives. The brief includes a detailed chart of stakeholder activities during the project’s implementation and a discussion of lessons learned. 

This brief is part of the FIELD-Support Knowledge Series, produced by the Financial Integration, Economic Leveraging, Broad-Based Dissemination and Support (FIELD-Support) Leader with Associates (LWA) cooperative agreement, which is funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development. More information on the series can be found here: http://kdid.org/projects/field-support