Leveraging Small and Medium Holder Farmers’ Choice of Irrigation Technologies
The study on irrigation systems in Uganda was conducted to document information regarding irrigation technology being used by farmers/beneficiary and their general understanding of the technology. The findings form a basis for accurate and latest trends related to demand, consumer behavior, growth opportunities and the overall cost benefit analysis from where small and medium holder farmers can make informed choices on the most appropriate, effective, efficient and cost-effective irrigation systems. Specifically, the study identified the type of irrigation technologies on the market, general understanding of the technology by farmers/beneficiary, capacity of the irrigation system and their effectiveness, required support for the target groups, the various service providers, challenges faced by farmers using irrigation systems, the role of government in ensuring public access to appropriate irrigation technologies, the gaps in the government approach to leverage irrigation in the country and the cost benefit analysis of most used irrigation technologies.
A cross sectional design was employed to document all the required information regarding irrigation systems and their usability. A mix of qualitative and quantitative methods was used including; desk review, focus group discussions, key informant interviews and surveys. Qualitative methods were used to strengthen mainly quantitative findings and also to provide a deeper understanding of satisfaction levels of farmers about different irrigation technologies that were being used. Literature review on irrigation sector globally, on continental perspective and in Uganda was done to harmonize the current findings. The process of data collection was managed following global standard data collection methods, ethical research practices and quality assurance involving effective planning with support from ACSA.