Small Scale Irrigation- Lessons from Tigray, Ethiopia

Inexpensive small-scale irrigation (SSI) can effectively build the resilience of vulnerable farming households by reducing their reliance on erratic and unpredictable rainfall.The introduction of appropriate, sustainable and successful Small Scale Irrigation schemes requires attention to good practice at each stage of implementation, right from planning, to construction and through to community-level governance. Our work in Tigray demonstrates that participatory planning approaches are key to success and essential for continued service provision and sustainability.