We can expand large-scale irrigation in Africa – carefully

In the past two decades, African farming systems have made an important evolution. They are beginning to drive economic growth to alleviate poverty and improve food security. But much remains to be done. And this is certainly the case for large-scale irrigation.

In 2001, the FAO/World Bank undertook a global analysis of farming systems, providing powerful insights into strategic priorities for the reduction of the poverty and hunger that was affecting so many lives. And now a new book, Farming Systems and Food Security in Africa: Priorities for Science and Policy under Global Change, updates and expands this guidance for the sub-Saharan Africa region.

Experts examined 15 main farming systems found in Africa to review the drivers that have shaped their evolution and to help identify policies and investments that are responsive to the needs of the different farming systems…