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Guidelines on Irrigation Investment Projects

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Irrigation has been and will continue to be an agricultural and rural investment priority. Development of the irrigation sector faces multiple challenges, including water scarcity and degradation, competition over shared resources, and the impact of climate change. Innovations are needed to address these challenges, as well as emerging needs, and to promote productive, equitable and sustainable water management. These guidelines, produced by an inter-agency team, highlight experiences and lessons learned from global irrigation investment operations. They introduce innovative approaches, tools and references, and provide practical guidance on how to incorporate or apply them at each stage of the investment project cycle. The guidelines will be a useful resource for national and international professionals involved in irrigation investment operations.

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Foreword

Significant and responsible public and private investments in irrigation are vital for delivering on the 2030 Agenda — from reducing poverty, improving food and nutrition security and boosting agricultural production, to strengthening rural livelihoods and managing land and water resources sustainably. Development of the irrigation sector faces multiple challenges, including water scarcity and degradation, competition over shared resources, agricultural transformation and the impact of climate change. Business as usual is not an option. Investments in irrigation innovations that promote productive, equitable and sustainable water use are urgently needed in order to provide more reliable, flexible and diversified water services for agriculture and rural development.

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