**Water Efficiency in Rice and Cotton**

Projet terminé

The project aims at improving the household economy combined with the promotion of more efficient  production of rice and cotton of 45,000 smallholder families in two regional clusters: Central Asia (Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan) and South Asia (India, Pakistan). To motivate rice and cotton farmers to be more efficient with irrigation water and other inputs, a push-pull approach is applied: smallholders receive technical assistance and market access for more efficient production while private companies enter into reliable business partnerships.

Pays/région Thème Période Budget
Agriculture et sécurité alimentaire
Ressources en eau à usage agricole
Approvisionnement en eau
Politique du secteur de l’eau
Développement agricole
01.10.2014 - 30.06.2018
CHF  3’454’600

Rice and Cotton are two key crops. While rice is the most important staple food for humans, cotton is a key commodity for the textile industry. These two crops consume around 30% of the world irrigation water. Around 250 million smallholders are involved in the cultivation of rice and cotton. Cotton is relevant for food security because of its qualities in crop rotation as well as for income generation capacity. Furthermore, cotton seed oil is the most relevant kitchen oil in cotton regions.


To improve water use efficiency of rice and cotton, firstly by promoting effective water use as well as better agronomic approaches, and by involving the private sector as well as platforms such as the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI), Sustainable Rice Platform (SRP) and Alliance for Water Stewardship (AWS).

Groupes cibles

45’000 smallholders (15% of women; 85% of men) in four countries: India, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyz Republic.

Effets à moyen terme
  • Rice and cotton farmers adopt more efficient and more effective production methods (push)
  • Private sector companies purchase commodities from farmers who produce with more efficient and more sustainable methods (pull)
  • Multi-stakeholder water stewardship plans are implemented (water policy)
  • Push-Pull approach is scaled up to more farmers and more companies

Principaux résultats attendus:  

  • RAS for 45’000 smallholders
  • Secured market access for 70 to 80% of the farmers
  • Policy influencing at local level
  • Crowding-in of new companies.

Principaux résultats antérieurs:  

  • Stakeholder workshops in the four countries organised and joint planning
  • Negotiations with private sector companies successfully completed
  • Baselines elaborated and ready for use
  • Joint elaboration of project document with a strong joint ownership

Direction/office fédéral responsable DDC
Crédit Coopération au développement
Partenaire de projet Partenaire contractuel
Organisation suisse à but non lucratif
  • HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation

Autres partenaires

Coop, Reismühle Brunnen, Mars Food, Sustainable Rice Platform (SRP), Better Cotton Initiative (BCI), Alliance for Water Stewardship (AWS), Helvetas Swiss Intercooperation.

Coordination avec d'autres projets et acteurs
  • Coordination with SDC programs on efficient water use in the two geographic clusters
  • CORIGAP (Closing rice yield gaps in Asia)
  • FIBL – Langzeitversuch für biologischen Landbau
  • Grow Africa
Budget Phase en cours Budget de la Suisse CHF    3’454’600 Budget suisse déjà attribué CHF    3’409’282 Projet total depuis la première phase Budget y compris partenaires de projet CHF   6’000’000
Phases du projet Phase 2 01.11.2018 - 31.12.2022   (Phase en cours)

Phase 1 01.10.2014 - 31.10.2018   (Completed)