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.