Focus on Irrigation

OBA Connections

Vol.6 #3

"Connecting people to improve lives" 
To commemorate the United Nations' World Water Day (March 22) and the signing of our first and most recent grant agreement in Burkina Faso, this edition of OBA Connections focuses on our work to explore and implement RBF in irrigation, one of the "less tested" sectors we hope to keep pursuing. We also believe that the lessons learned from these few examples can improve agricultural resilience and serve to encourage expansion of similar efforts within country -- and even replication at the regional level -- in other agribusiness cases to use a mix of public and commercial financing.  
Resilience Tools for Burkinabé Cotton Farmers

GPOBA has signed a US$5.85 million grant agreement to introduce irrigation systems, training, and access to credit to small-scale cotton farmers in Burkina Faso, collaborating with the World Bank and the IFC to help stabilize crop production and harness water as a reliable resource for improved crop management. 

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Clean Energy for Bangladeshi Agriculture

GPOBA's first subsidy project involving irrigation was a subset of scaling up the previous solar energy project for rural households and businesses in Bangladesh. This component supported replacing fossil fuels with solar power to pump water for irrigation:  a cleaner, renewable and more affordable source of energy for 6,600 farmers.

Related article: Solar-Powered Pumps Reduce Irrigation Costs in Bangladesh  

Webinar on Bangladesh Solar Irrigation  

This online discussion reviewed the design and implementation of OBA/RBF in support of solar-powered irrigation pumps with the project's task team leader, as an extension of Bangladesh's highly successful solar home system program.

Feature Story. "Bangladesh Solar Irrigation: Reducing Dependency on Fossil Fuels"
Webinar Presentation and Recording 
Animation on Solar Pumps

This animated video "Solar Pumping: A Cheaper and Cleaner Way to Access Groundwater" illustrates the greener, more sustainable, and cost-saving alternative to fossil fuels for extracting groundwater in rural areas.
Solar Irrigation Marketing Clip

In this videoclip, Bangladesh's Infrastructure Development Corporation Orissa Ltd (IDCOL), GPOBA's in-country partner for supporting rural solar energy projects, delivers the message that solar irrigation pumps are the solution to face weather extremes, and invites interested parties for consultations.
Webinar and Report on OBA in Irrigation 

GPOBA's first webinar on irrigation discussed the recently released study "OBA in Small Scale Irrigation Schemes in Developing Countries," and examined case studies in Zambia and India to learn about the opportunities and risks for results-based financing in the sector.

Feature Story: Small-Scale Irrigation Webinar and Sector Study 
Webinar Presentation and Recording

Water for Low-Income Honduran Households 

In conjunction with World Water Day, this "Voices of GPOBA" videoclip compiles beneficiaries' testimonials from the US$4.5 million Honduras OBA Water and Sanitation Facility for rural and peri-urban areas. The project connected around 87,600 low-income residents to water and sanitation.

Read: "Voices on GPOBA" page 
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