WLE-ICIMOD Final Dissemination Workshop

Reviving Springs in the Mid-hills, and Promoting Solar Pumps in the Terai, Nepal

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As part of its Ganges Focal Region project, the CGIAR research programme on Water, Land and Ecosystems (WLE) funded a two-year project titled ‘Reviving springs and providing access to solar powered irrigation pumps (SPIP) through community-based water use planning: Multiple approaches to solving agricultural water problems in mid hills and Terai in Nepal and India’.  ICIMOD implemented the project from December 2014 to December 2016 in partnership with Helvetas (Nepal), ACWADAM (India), SunFarmer Nepal, Sabal Nepal and researchers from George Washington University and Harvard University. The goal of this project was to ensure affordable and sustainable access to women and men for (a) drinking water in the mid hills of Nepal and (b) to agricultural water Terai regions of Nepal. 

To address the first goal, ICIMOD applied an ‘8-step methodology for reviving springs’ and made interventions for reviving four springs in Dailekh district of Nepal. To address the second goal of improving access to agricultural water in Terai, ICIMOD undertook a rigorous Randomized Controlled Trial  (RCT) in Saptari, Nepal, and introduced 3 different financial schemes to subsidise solar powered irrigation pumps (SPIP) and promoted the technology to over 2,000 farmers. Sixty-five of these farmers applied for SPIP.

ICIMOD organized a dissemination workshop on 12 December 2016 to share its experiences and findings with over 60 participants representing government, non-government, academia and private sectors.