THE IRRIGAMBIA PROJECT
The Gambia presents an environment system with a high degree of fragility and vulnerability and faces the occurrence of a negative step trend in rainfall from the late 1960’s to the present day.
In view of this situation and considering agriculture accounts for the 30% of the gross domestic product (GDP), irrigation smart practices can be considered a contemporary and ecologically sustainable agricultural production system to support the development of a water efficient economy and generate a high environmental, economic and social return. Indeed, agriculture has a large role to play in reducing food insecurity and poverty in The Gambia.
The Project Smart farming tools for the enhancement of irrigation efficiency in The Gambia (IrriGambia) will enhance efficiency in the use of water resources in the agricultural sector of West Africa through the implementation of an irrigation advisory service (IAS), which will promote the emergence of mitigation and adaptation practices in West African family farms and farming systems.
Therefore, the action targets lower-cost, easier-to-maintain irrigation systems, which is more adapted to the requirements and capacities of the target groups and greatly increases chances of sustainability and replicability in West Africa in general and in The Gambia in particular.