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What if we could get one million farmers to use a fraction of the water?

 

We're bringing together industry leaders, investors, and social-mission organizations to ensure farmers have access to everything they need to be successful with drip technology.

Florence Mapulanga, Zambia

Reducing water use by a third

Florence started with a diesel pump, a drip kit, and two water tanks. She quickly realized that something wasn’t right. Through trial and error, she chose a manual pump that worked better with her drip system. It’s been estimated that micro-irrigation technology could reduce water use in Africa by a third. It takes a comprehensive approach, including the right pump and the right inputs, among other things. That’s the real reason Florence succeeded when some others didn’t. Now, she not only feeds her family of 10 three meals a day, she earns ten times more than before she started. 

Til Sari Thapa, Nepal

Growing twice as much food

The land Til Sari farms is less than a half acre. Last year, she earned $150 from vegetable sales which she grew with drip irrigation. She was able to do that by joining a collection center, where she sold her off-season vegetables at good prices, getting the most out of that little piece of land. Along with the other farmers in the collection center, she intends to double her production next year. She is a role model in her community, showing how women can play a leading role in building prosperity for their families and communities.

David Marquez, Honduras

Rising above poverty

David had grown coffee all his life, but he wanted a better future for his family. After receiving technical training and installing a drip system, he introduced new vegetable crops to his coffee farm. When a fungus destroyed his coffee crops, he was thankful he did. The main cash crop in Honduras, coffee can only be harvested four months a year. The money farmers make rarely lasts to the next harvest. By diversifying his production, David has a year-round income and his family has enough to eat. Learning from private extension agents helped him do it.

Today, over 150,000 small farms in Africa, Asia, and South America are proving that drip systems work. Small farmers are growing more food with less water—and making a profit doing it. But many farmers fail. Because it takes more than pipes and well wishes. It takes a comprehensive set of tools. 

We’re a group of realists and idealists.

We’re excited about the pockets of progress we’ve already seen, but we’re also fully aware of the challenges to widespread adoption. What inspires us is the 500 million smallholder farmers that could dramatically increase their production. That’s why the Drip+ Alliance was formed, to collaborate on ways to break through the critical bottlenecks that have prevented drip technology from achieving its potential. 

We invite you to join us.

  • Industry: We welcome manufacturers, distributors, and services providers with a common interest in reaching small-scale producers with Drip+ solutions.
  • Researcher: Helping understand the barriers to adoption and the value proposition of Drip+ technology is an ongoing need that is well-suited to academic institutions, research firms, and non-profit technology centers.
  • Investor: Funds are needed for market development, research projects, and seed capital for new ventures and market pioneers.
  • Social enterprise: We welcome those with a commitment to scaling water-smart solutions for improving incomes and livelihoods.

Contact us to learn how you can get involved. info@dripplus.org

 
The private sector cannot ignore the 500 million smallholder farmers – providers and clients, who produce 80% of the food for the developing world.
— Naty Barak, Netafim
Drip irrigation has transformed commercial farming all over the world. At iDE, we’re asking ourselves and industry experts: How can we bring this technology to millions who need it?
— Tim Prewitt, iDE
By focusing on farmer training and education, we at Toro Micro-Irrigation have enabled the adoption of drip irrigation technologies by thousands of smallholder farmers.
— Eduardo Mendias, The Toro Company
Showing the technology through demonstration plots is a critical way for farmers to understand drip. An integrated approach to give farmers access to markets, training, and finance must be packaged together.
— Dr. Dilip Kulkarni, Jain Irrigation Systems
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