IFAD Irrigation Project inputs completed

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FCG-ANZDEC’s Chris Landon-Lane provided expertise in agricultural production and value chains development to the UN Fund for International Development (IFAD) to analyse irrigated agricultural systems and prepare an initial design of project innovative agricultural activities for a large irrigation development project covering a possible 13 provinces in Indonesia.

The Project design focuses on improving the productivity of irrigated agriculture in selected provinces of Indonesia to enhance food security and improve rural livelihoods. The Project is intended to improve management of irrigated agriculture and increase crop yields, cropping intensity, and production of higher value crops. The design adopts an integrated approach to enhance agriculture value chains along with improving irrigation and water management, and modernizing irrigation infrastructure.

Mr Landon-Lane carried out value chain analysis to identify specific constraints and opportunities; technical and financial support to alleviate constraints in and along selected value chains, especially for rice, maize, soybeans and higher value crops. The project design included specific measures to reduce vulnerability and increase resilience to climate variability and market risks; feasible value-addition investments; support to farmer enterprise groups; options for private sector engagement from input suppliers through to food retailers, including through contracts with farmers; brokering farmers’ linkages to sources of finance; and building the capacity of public and private extension services to be more responsive to smallholder needs. The Project preparation is expected to be completed by March 2015.

The photo is Chris Landon-Lane inspecting irrigation in Flores, eastern Indonesia.