The Drip+ Alliance is collaborating on ways to break through critical bottlenecks and ensure that smallholder farmers have all the tools they need to be successful. The organizations listed below are our current members.
iDE is the convener of the Drip+ Alliance. For over 30 years, iDE has used deep user insights, innovative technologies and creative business models to take smallholder solutions to scale. iDE catalyzed the market for treadle pumps in South Asia in the 80s and 90s, leading to the sale of over two million pumps across the region. iDE has continued to innovate in agriculture, water and sanitations. To-date, iDE has helped catalyze the sale of over 150’000 smallholder drip systems and is ready for more.
Netafim is the global leader in drip and micro-irrigation solutions for sustainable productivity. With 28 subsidiaries, 16 manufacturing plants and over 4,000 employees worldwide, Netafim delivers innovative solutions to more than 110 countries across the globe. Founded in 1965, Netafim pioneered the drip revolution, creating a paradigm shift toward low-flow agricultural irrigation.
At Netafim, many of their efforts to drive mass adoption of drip irrigation include making drip accessible to smallholder farmers. Over the years, as awareness has grown, farmers have overcome their suspicion of new technologies and now understand the benefits of using more advanced systems. However, in many cases, even a very small initial investment is more than smallholder farmers, often living below the poverty line, can afford. Netafim has developed special solutions, such as the Family Drip System™, to make irrigation more accessible and more inclusive.
Jain Irrigation Systems Ltd. is one of the world's largest manufacturer of irrigation systems and a leading fruit and vegetable processor. To address water-use efficiency, the company has developed micro-irrigation and drip irrigation systems that use only 30% as much water as traditionally-used flood irrigation systems, and has deployed these technologies to thousands of smallholder farmers in India. The technology aims to reduce agricultural water use and to improve the efficiency of smallholder farmers, each of whom own less than one hectare of land but who together account for 75% of all agricultural producers in the country. The smallholder market is underserved and many smallholder farmers are lack the skills and income to introduce new irrigation technology, so Jain pairs its products with technical assistance and innovative financing options to promote adoption and proper use.
Toro’s first foray into the smallholder market has been a very fulfilling experience to date. As a 100-year-old company, Toro has developed a strong sense of social responsibility with the communities and industries in which they do business. Toro felt a strong need to make sure that their drip irrigation technologies are available to smallholder farmers just like they have made them available to large-scale farmers throughout the world.
Toro believes that leading agricultural corporations have a responsibility to make their products relevant to both large and small farmers and to help address global issues such as nutrition, hunger and poverty. This is good for farmers and good for business. It’s in a company’s best interest to enter new markets and to help improve agriculture, as this will facilitate industry growth both domestically and abroad.