Micro-irrigation for food security: the untold stories of forgotten stakeholders - Seminar on 26/8/2012

Where: Stockholm, Sweden
When: 26 August 2012
9:00 – 12:30
Seminar event

Key message
Untold stories of forgotten stakeholders and project implementers from India, Guatemala and Madagascar will highlight the importance of dimension change in pro poor development through the introduction of micro-irrigation systems (MIS).
MIS  are effective tools for addressing rural poverty and improving the lives of smallholder farmers.
The Scampis project (2009-2012), has changed the lives of 30.000 vulnerable farmer households which have adopted low-cost,  user-friendly MIS technologies. This innovative technology has seen farmers embrace other strategies such as organic fertilization (Vermiwash and compost), natural pesticides, more appropriate agricultural practices (extended growing seasons, lower application rates of agro-chemicals and (re)introducing native species and different crops),  and changed knowledge and behaviour on nutrition and health. At organisational level, women and youth have formed strong livelihood groups to explore the manifold impacts.
An holistic development chain from the manufacturer through the retailer shop (with pre- and post-sales service ) to the farmer and sales of vegetables exceeds to local markets has been put in motion by the Scampis project.
Sustainability is a matter of affordability of choice –hence use of subsidies, accessibility of extension and rural finance services, as well as availability of marketing linkages. Together with policy dialogue they lead to scaling-up in the 3 Scampis countries. 

Seminar programme
Section 1. Micro-irrigation: tackling the complex web of poverty
09:00 Context and achievements of the project. Mr Rudolph Cleveringa, IFAD     
9:15 Interest of private sector in micro-irrigation for food security – Ms Sibyl Anwander Phan- Huy Coopernic Group, Switzerland                  
9:30 Understanding numbers through stories: the Scampis monitoring evaluation and learning process. Ms Cecilia Ruberto, IFAD    
Section 2. Untold stories about micro-irrigation… and much more
10:00 Story-telling
·         Guatemala Group
Project strategy adaptation. Introduction of school garden for MIS. Story. Mr Santiago Guadalupe Girón de Leon, Project Coordinator, Funcafè, Guatemala
Empowering groups of women and youth through correct nutrition health, hygiene. Story.  Ms Magalì Avila Chosco, Educadora, Funcafè, Guatemala
·         India Group
Use of promotion strategy for introducing the MIS innovation. Story. Mr Tapan Pattanayak, Chief General Manager, Regional Office Bhubaneswar, IDEI, India.
The promotion strategy and involvement of tribal farmers. Story. Mr Bijaya Kumar Rout, Scampis MIS Promoter, IDEI, India
·         Madagascar Group
Establishment of micro-irrigation market chain, the strategy. Story.  Mr Feno Andriamanalina, Scampis Madagascar project coordinator, AVSF, Madagascar.
How and why a small entrepreneur started the business on micro-irrigation and future opportunities.Story, Mr Lova Randriambelo, Innovagri, Madagascar
11:00 Coffee break
11.15 Story-telling
·         Scaling-up group
(7) Overall scaling up of integrated strategies for micro-irrigation and scaling up with coffee producers. Story. Mr Mynor David Maldonado Mazariegos, Funcafé Executive Director, Funcafè, Guatemala
(8) Scaling up MIS – Integrating MIS in Indian national programme for livelihood improvement, complexity and opportunities/ Story. Mr Susanta Nanda, Programme Director, OTELP, India
(9) Scaling up MIS – Integrating MIS in Madagascar national programme for livelihood improvement, complexity and opportunities. Story. Mr Christin Ramaroson, AD2M and CapFIDA, Madagascar
12:00 Section 3: Integrated strategies for scaling up micro irrigation systems: key messages

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