Agriculture and livelihoods
The Agriculture and livelihoods research, led by Tim Foster at The University of Manchester, is investigating the role of dams in irrigation development. The work is particularly focused on Sub-Saharn Africa and the Volta river basin in Ghana.
Agriculture and livelihoods team:
- Tim Foster, Tom Higginbottom, Roshan Adhikari, Ralitza Dimova, Sarah Redicker – University of Manchester (UK)
- Samuel Guug – WASCAL (Ghana)
- Sander Zwart, Benjamin Ghansah, Komlavi Akpoti – IWMI (Ghana)
- Emmanuel Obuobie – CSIR (Ghana)
Research update video
This video was produced for the FutureDAMS annual forum (November 2020) as a summary of the team’s current research progress.
Agriculture and livelihoods research
|01/2021||Journal article||Performance of large-scale irrigation projects in sub-Saharan Africa||The consortium quantified the performance of 79 African irrigation schemes. They did this by comparing planning documents to satellite-derived land cover maps to give the percentage of irrigation delivered and those that had stopped working.|
|06/2020||Webinar||Alternative models of irrigation development in Ghana||In this presentation, Roshan summarizes findings from a study, jointly conducted by University of Manchester, WASCAL, and CSIR, that seeks to understand the comparative performance of alternative existing approaches to irrigation development.|
|02/2020||Webinar||Have irrigation developments in Africa delivered the benefits they promised?||In this presentation, Tom discusses findings from a FutureDAMS study quantifying how the size of large-scale irrigation schemes compares to the initial project proposals, and what factors contribute to any observed discrepancies.|