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Drip Irrigation Maximizes Crop Yields for Smallholder Farmers Solution by: Netafim

Netafim is integrating drip technology with a low-tech gravity-based system that enables smallholder farmers in developing countries to cost-effectively increase yields and quality, while maximizing water efficiency.

ENVIRONMENTAL According to Netafim, the move to drip irrigation led to water savings of 60% in growing sugarcane in Peru.

SOCIAL Women in a Kenyan village who installed the Netafim drip irrigation system reported an increase in vegetable-growing capacity, free time, and improved agro-knowledge through training.

ECONOMIC A project in the Indian state of Jharkhand led to a significant increase in net profit among farmers. The pay-back period for a loan received for the purchase of the system was 5 months, according to Netafim.

Developed: Israel

Deployed:  11 countries, including Kenya, China, and Mexico 

“THE TIME HAS COME TO  PROVIDE DRIP IRRIGATION TECHNOLOGY  TO MILLIONS OF SMALLHOLDERS IN DEVELOPING COUNTRIES.” Naty Barak, Chief Sustainability Officer, Netafim

Netafim has developed an irrigation system that drips precise quantities of water and nutrients right at the root zone of crops. An elevated tank distributes the water using gravity, which results in a minimized need for electricity and no need for further investments in infrastructure. Thus, the system is helping reduce water usage significantly, improve crop quality, and increase crop yields. Netafim is offering smallholder farmers affordable irrigation methods while ensuring the optimal use of the solution by educating them about using the technology most effectively. Why a Sustainia100 solution? UNEP has estimated that 500 million smallholder farmers provide over 80% of the food consumed in the developing world. Drip irrigation positively impacts the environment by addressing issues such as water scarcity, arable land reduction, soil erosion and climate change. According to Netafim, the solution is commercially viable and the investment has a payback time of about a year, thus making it fit for microfinance projects.

Water and nutrients flow by gravitational force from the elevated tank to dripperlines, and irrigate the plants.


Sustainia Award 10 Finalists 2014