Innovations to promote growth among small-scale irrigators in Africa

Elizabeth Harrison, University of Sussex

Start Date: 17 November 2012   |   End Date: 03 August 2015

Project website
Research Councils UK project page

This project examines the rules and norms governing access to and control over water by smallholder farmers, considering how these are influenced by externally-induced innovations and the effects of climate change.

The research aims to determine if general principles of water allocation and equity can be identified, and what the scope is for transferring them across contexts. It involves comparative research in Bangladesh, Tanzania and Malawi.

Key questions include:

  • What are the ‘local rules’ for governing access to water and what shapes these?
  • What is the relationship between ‘local’ rules and ‘outside’ influences such as government, business and NGO initiatives?
  • How are the politics of water control changing?