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PROJECT: Increasing the Resilience and Effectiveness of Small and Medium Scale Irrigation Systems in Nepal


Project Reference: RSAS-0017

Agriculture in Nepal is predominantly small-scale farming, almost half of which is dependent on rainfall. Irrigation development in Nepal is fraught with challenges such as old infrastructure, vulnerability to climatic shocks and poor efficiency. Policy frameworks for the sectors currently do not address mainstreaming climate change in sectoral plans such as irrigation.

CDKN is supporting the Ministry of Irrigation, Government of Nepal to increase the resilience and effectiveness of irrigation systems to address increasing climate change risk. The project will provide updated technical requirements for building the resilience of small and medium scale irrigation systems to the impacts of climate change and extreme events, and improve their effectiveness and efficiency through evidence. The research will improve the approach and methodology of the Government and other development partners towards the planning and delivery of irrigation systems. The systems analysis of irrigations conducted under this research will focus on pro-poor policy analysis.

The Project aims to achieve the following:

  • Provide a framework including updated standards to increase the resilience and effectiveness of the design of small and medium scale irrigation systems that can address increasing climate change risk.
  • Improve the approach and methodology of the Government and other development partners with regard to planning and delivery of climate irrigation systems.
  • Generate new and transferable knowledge by assessing water systems in place and identifying means to increase access for small and medium size farmers to irrigation systems also focusing on impacts of climate change to the system.
  • To conduct systems analysis of irrigation also focusing on pro-poor policy analysis.
  • To ensure that the new framework plans and standards are well understood by the relevant governing and implementing parties, to maximise their implementation.

CDKN Funding: £237,000

Project Manager: Hammad Raza (hraza@lead.org.pk)

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