Project Development Objective (PDO)

The initial Project Development Objective (PDO) for IDSP was “ to increase yields per hectare and value of diverse products marketed by smallholders benefitting from investments in irrigation in selected project sites”. During the midterm project evaluation, it was assessed that the PDO in its original form would not likely be achieved. In response to the Government’s request and community intervention, the project was restructured in December 2018. The PDO has since been revised to read: “to provide improved access to irrigation services in selected sites".

This is the total unique number of beneficiaries targeted and receiving support through the different IDSP products and services. It includes persons in households with direct access (ownership) of irrigated land, persons in households with employees engaged as workers on irrigated land, but without direct access to the irrigated and persons in households not involved in farming, but who will be able to establish micro-enterprises with project support.

The original beneficiary estimate at the project appraisal included not only the current three irrigation sites (Lusitu, Musakashi and Mwomboshi) but also the expansion area. Detailed analyses and baseline studies following project approval, led to more accurate estimates of household size. The number of beneficiaries, therefore, fell to 26,000 from 70,000. The largest share of the reduction was due to dropping the development of four more schemes.

The 26,000 Direct beneficiaries, consisting of: (a) 14,720 who belong to households with direct access to irrigated land; (b) 10,912 who belong to households with employees engaged as workers on the irrigated land; and (c) a further 368 who belong to households not involved in farming, but who will be able to establish micro-enterprises with project support.  

The project mainstreams specific groups of beneficiaries such as female-headed households, female farmers and micro-entrepreneurs, youth, and HIV/AIDS-affected households by providing equal opportunities (e.g., access to irrigated land) and special attention and support where appropriate.

Indirect beneficiaries include: (a) supply and value chain stakeholders who would benefit from increased supplies of agricultural commodities and business opportunities generated by the irrigation schemes and supporting infrastructure; and (b) consumers – particularly in urban areas – who would benefit from improved supplies of agricultural products.

Irrigation or drainage services under IDSP refer to the better delivery of water to and drainage of water from, arable land, including better timing, quantity, quality, and cost-effectiveness for the water users.

New irrigation or drainage services, therefore, refers to the provision of irrigation and drainage services in an area that has not had these services before. The area is not necessarily newly cropped or newly productive land, but is newly provided with irrigation and drainage services, and may have been rain-fed land before. Likewise, improved irrigation or drainage services refer to the upgrading, rehabilitation, and/or modernization of irrigation or drainage services in an area with existing irrigation and drainage services.

Originally the IDSP aimed to develop 10,000 hectares of irrigated land and this has since been revised to 8,535 hectares.