Irrigation Capacity Development in Mozambique

Posted on 20 November 2014


Dutch consortium is executing a 1,5 million euro project for irrigation capacity development within the Sustainable Irrigation Development Program (PROIRRI), a 5-year program of the Government of Mozambique, financed by the World Bank with the aim to give a boost to the Mozambican irrigation sector.  

The PROIRRI irrigation program is highly innovative, both in its broad approach of reviving the country’s irrigation sector and of supporting farmer-initiated irrigation development. The project will contribute to the national food security. 

The Irrigation Capacity Development project is a 3-year institutional and human development project with 4 major components:

  1. Institutional development of the recently established National Irrigation Institute, including legislative frameworks, investment plans, manuals, guidelines and information systems for the irrigation sector;
  2. Setting-up irrigation education at at least 5 higher education institutes;
  3. Capacity building of agricultural extension in the field of irrigation;
  4. Training of local contractors and artisans.



The consortium for this project is led by Alterra and furthermore consists of the Water Resources Management (WRM) group of Wageningen University, the Royal Tropical Institute (KIT), Resilience BV and a Mozambican firm called Salomon Lda.  

Besides this capacity development project Wageningen University is also part of a consortium (lead by Royal HaskoningDHV) that won a bid for the Irrigation Service Provider for Rice within the PROIRRI program.

See the website of Wageningen University for more information.  


The Irrigation Capacity Development project will support the National Irrigation Institute to develop into an autonomous organisation with the tools and capacity needed to facilitate a revival of the Mozambican irrigation sector. 

The irrigation curricula of at least 5 national higher education institutes will be upgraded and 70 teachers will have been trained. In total 500 hundred agricultural and irrigation extension workers will have been trained by these national institutes to support the farmers in their efforts to increase their agricultural production. With the training of the local entrepreneurs the quality of the construction works will be improved. 

Current status
The project has started in September 2013 and is well advanced in its realisation. 

Project location

Project partners

  • Alterra/Wageningen UR
  • Wageningen University and Research Center