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Updated Jul 13, 2019

Paid Operator System for Equipment Management

Part of University of California, Davis

Allocating responsibility for operating irrigation equipment to one or two members of an irrigation group who are paid for each plot they irrigate, to improve maintenance and operations.

https://horticulture.ucdavis.edu/project/irrigation-uganda

Abraham Salomon

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Stage 4: Transition to Scale

This has been tested in Uganda and can be scaled up to other irrigation groups in the region.

Focus Areas:

Water Management and Agriculture Water Management

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Implemented In:

Uganda

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Problem

When irrigation members share one set of equipment, some members exclude others from using equipment at their allocated time, and members damage equipment from improper use.

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Solution

The irrigation group appoints one or two members to be the only ones who handle equipment, and keep a schedule of who will irrigate at each time. This operator is paid a small fee by the members each time they set up the equipment at a plot. They also monitor any damages to the equipment when they collect it back from each members plot to ensure accountability of any damage caused by users.

Target Beneficiaries

Smallholder irrigation farmers operating in groups that share equipment.

Mission and Vision

To improve the sustainability of smallholder irrigation groups using shared equipment.

Innovation Description

This is a method of managing irrigation equipment owned by an irrigation group. The group appoints a set number of operators who are the only people allowed to move, set up, and take down the equipment. Other members are required to schedule their time with the equipment with the operator and pay a small fee each time the operator sets up the equipment at their plot. This is to compensate the operator and also ensure equipment is used well, to ensure there is a clear accountability for anyone that damages the equipment, and improve fairness in scheduling use of the equipment. Other members are required to schedule their time with the equipment with the operator and pay a small fee each time the operator sets up the equipment at their plot. This is to compensate the operator and also ensure equipment is used well, to ensure there is a clear accountability for anyone that damages the equipment, and improve fairness in scheduling use of the equipment, especially for women farmers who often do not have power to demand equipment when male farmers are using it.

Competitive Advantage

Provides accountability, and fairness in availability of equipment

The Team Behind the Innovation

Kate Scow- Professor of Soil Science and Microbial Ecology in the Department of Land, Air and Water Resources, University of California, Davis Helen Acuku- Program Manager, Teso Womens Development Initiative. Betty Ikalany - Executive Director, Teso Womens Development Initiative. Abraham Salomon - Project manager of 'Innovations in Dry Season Horticulture' in Uganda.

EXECUTIVE TEAM INCLUDES WOMEN

Milestones

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New Country Implemented In
Uganda