Proceedings of National Seminar on Small Scale Irrigation: Experiences, Challenges, Opportunities and Pathways

Posted On: 2012-12-06

The Department of Local Infrastructure Development and Agricultural roads (DoLIDAR), the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), and HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation Nepal in partnership with the Institute for Social and Environmental Transition-Nepal (ISET-Nepal), Nepal Engineering College (nec), International Water Management Institute (IWMI) and the National Federation of Irrigation Water Users Association Nepal (NFIWUAN) organized a two-day National level seminar—Small Scale Irrigation: Experiences, Challenges, Opportunities and Pathways—on December 5-6 2012 at Mirabel Resort, Dhulikhel. The seminar successful brought together national and international experts, academics, government officials, small-farm irrigators, researchers, donor representatives, members of the private sector, media persons, non- government organizations, and civil society come together to analyze and discuss existing and emerging issues concerning SSISs and their role in building resilient livelihoods. The participants identified 17 issues critical to the development of SSISs. The issues covered policy, institutional, technology, physical systems, and knowledge, education and participation and synergy related statements and issues. They recognized the need for agriculture in Nepal to undergo significant transformation to meet the related challenges of achieving food security, economic development, poverty alleviation and climate change. The threat of climate change is important to recognize because most estimates indicate that it is likely to lower agricultural productivity, affect production stability, and reduce income of socially and political marginal farming families. Those living in food insecure areas will be even more vulnerable. the issues identified by the seminar need to be systematically addressed so that SSISs become physically, socially and institutionally more resilient to absorb different kinds of shocks and contribute to overall well being.

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