Bahir Dar Institute of Technology through Faculty of Civil and Water Resources Engineering has been conducting a cooperative research project since 2014 aiming to increase food production, improve nutrition, protect the environment and accelerate economic development through improved access to irrigation technologies for smallholder farmers, while promoting, based on research evidence, a dialogue among stakeholder communities and policy makers. The partners were ILRI, IWMI, TAMU and NCAT.
The faculty conducted an exit meeting of this project with more than 120 farmers of Dangishta and Robit Bahata Kebeles on 5 and 25 March 2018. During the two day meetings, we evaluated ILSSI project’s intervention in Robit Bahta and Dangishta kebeles of Amhara regional state of Ethiopia. The objective is to understand the impact on behavior change in terms of water management on farm and in doing so, the potential for sustained uptake of technologies and practices piloted in the project.
During the meeting, farmers discussed and listed opportunities and challenges with small scale irrigation from shallow ground water.