Promoting drip irrigation and climate resilience
Browse Horticulture Innovation Lab photos from Guatemala during planning stages, with the photo slideshow above or explore the photos on Flickr.
Project Title: MásRiego (More Irrigation)
Target Country: Guatemala
Principal Investigator: Elizabeth Mitcham, UC Davis*
*Note: This project is a $3.4 million buy-in from USAID/Guatemala, managed by the Horticulture Innovation Lab.
- Meagan Terry, Horticulture Innovation Lab management entity, UC Davis (in Guatemala)
- Centro de Paz Bárbara Ford, Guatemala
- Universidad Rafael Landívar, Guatemala
- Panamerican Agricultural School, Zamorano, Honduras
- North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, USA
- Kansas State University, USA
The MásRiego project will develop and implement a holistic, business-driven solution to result in wider availability of drip irrigation, conservation agriculture and improved water management, while addressing social inclusion, capacity, and asset building for all community members, especially women and youth, in Feed the Future areas of Guatemala.
Global climate change predictions expect future rainfall will be more variable, presenting traditional rainfed agriculture with "out of season" rains and other water management challenges. As competition increases for less water, practices such as conservation agriculture, rainwater harvesting, and drip irrigation will become more important and sought after by smallholder producers.
This project will increase the use of drip irrigation, conservation agriculture and rainwater harvesting practices, where appropriate, in smallholder vegetable production systems. These practices will produce vegetable crops for market and home consumption, while conserving natural resources upon which sustained crop production depends.
Through these techniques, we expect to increase household horticultural production and increase incomes. This project will enable smallholder farmers and youth to earn income from producing high-value horticultural crops in the face of climate change and changing rainfall patterns.
- To promote the private sector development in the horticulture sector and promote small-scale commercial horticulture production through the increased use of drip irrigation, conservation agriculture and rainwater harvest practices in the USAID Feed the Future zone of influence.
- Develop the capacity of project actors, implementers and beneficiaries, and additional Feed the Future projects in implementing climate change resiliency strategies.
This project builds upon these related activities:
- Report: Assessment of constraints to horticultural sector growth in Central America
- Promoting conservation agriculture for vegetable growers in Cambodia and Nepal
- Empowering women vegetable growers with drip irrigation in Cambodia
Updates and more information
You can browse our most recent blog posts about the MásRiego project here.
- TakePart photo essay: See the Simple Way These Farmers Are Outsmarting Climate Change, by Martin do Nascimento for TakePart, Dec. 5, 2016
Blog post about the experience: Photo essay explores climate resilience with farmers in Guatemala
- Zamorano news: Apoyo a Pequeños Productores en Guatemala en la Creación de Resiliencia ante el Cambio Climático, Zamorano, Oct. 21, 2016 (Spanish only)
- Blog post: Events launch irrigation project in Guatemala, Horticulture Innovation Lab, Sept. 19, 2016
- UC Davis news: "Bringing more irrigation and climate-smart farming to Guatemala" UC Davis news, July 29, 2016
- Blog post: Building partnerships for new irrigation project in Guatemala, Horticulture Innovation Lab, September 2015