Income diversification

Income diversification is one of the sub-themes of RiPPLE’s Growth LARS. It examined the role of water investments (specifically irrigation) in increasing resilience of small-scale farmers through income diversification in different agro-ecological settings, and will seek to understand the constraints faced by households in generating income from productive water use.

Study sites

Three sites with irrigation schemes have been selected for study, in different agro-ecological zones in Goro-Gutu wereda. The study aims to draw lessons on the role of irrigation in income diversification – and how this has affected household assets and resilience to stress and shocks – and to assess who benefits and how these benefits are affected by different scheme technologies and management systems.

Main Research Questions

  • What has been the contribution of water-related interventions to income diversification in the study sites?
  • What has been the effect of income diversification on the livelihoods of beneficiaries?
  • What constraints do households face which prevent them from actively engaging in water-based income-generating activities, and how could these be addressed?
  • What kind of support services do households have access to, and how do these support them to diversify incomes?
  • What potential is there to enhance income diversification by poor rural households to selected higher value activities?

Links to action

Findings are expected to inform the work of a variety of agencies in Ethiopia, both those engaged in providing water services to rural communities and those involved in business support. Findings will be presented and discussed at LPA workshops, and follow-up actions by policymakers and practitioners identified for piloting and further action research.

Page last updated 28 Aug 2009