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Entry Point: Water

More than 70 percent of the world's poorest people are small scale farmers. For many of them, access to irrigation water provides a substantial productivity gain and increase in food production.

IDE views productive water as the entry point to creating income opportunities for these 900 million people. We identify locations where improved access to water can have a positive impact, and then offer affordable technologies for lifting, storing, and distributing that water. IDE also looks for ways to reduce on-farm costs and increase margins available from market access and post harvest activities.

Irrigated farms mean more productive harvests which lead to more food, new ways to earn income, and relative prosperity for rural households and the communities built around them.

What is PRiSM?

PRiSM (Prosperity Realized through Irrigation and Smallholder Markets) is IDE's approach to creating opportunities for small farmers to increase their income. Small farmers comprise 70 percent of the world's 2 billion poor people.

PRiSM Methodology

IDE views the rural poor as entrepreneurs, producers, and customers. Using PRiSM, IDE helps create networks of all the businesses and services involved in producing a farm product. In turn, these networks generate income for everyone involved. PRiSM projects are guided by the following principles:

  • Small Farmer Focus
  • Make Markets Serve the Poor
  • Improve Water Control
  • Listen and Learn
  • Sustainable Resource Management

PRiSM Process

  1. Situation Analysis

    Examine the specific small farm environment for market opportunities and constraints

  2. Intervention Design

    Design products or services that will help small farmers make income breakthroughs

  3. Implementation

    Make these products or services available to small farmers through the creation of private sector supply and market chains that support their businesses

  4. Evaluation and Adaptation

    Learn from successes and failures to feed back into program design and management

iDE Product Catalog
Information about all of our affordable water technologies
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Treadle Pump
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Drip Irrigation
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Water Storage Systems
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