HIPPO Perspectives is a private initiative whose sole aim is to turn low-lift pump irrigation into an affordable, sustainable solution for family farms along Sahelian Rivers in West and Central Africa. HIPPO stands for High-efficiency Irrigation Pumps, Procurement & Organization. See also HIPPO in brief.
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Our mission is to advise and assist any organization or enterprise that shares our vision of vibrant, non-aid dependent smallholder irrigation sectors that take advantage of the technico-commercial opportunities available.
♦ To assist in calculating pumping costs using PumpSelect, our program to optimize efficiency and minimize the cost of low-lift pumping equipment.
♦ To advise on approaches to achieve sustainable development in smallholder irrigation along Sahelian rivers from West to Central Africa. We favour an approach aimed at maximum affordability and manageability of low-lift pumping equipment.
♦ To contribute to the development and implementation of business models that are based on the HIPPOtheses that: (1) irrigation pump marketing in West Africa is inefficient by international standards and can be incited to improve; and (2) the establishment of rental services of cost-efficient irrigation pumps is an effective way of promoting self-help irrigation development by resource-poor farmers in the Sahel.
♦ We conducted a worldwide survey on affordable, low-lift irrigation pumps with an emphasis on products from China, India and Turkey, see PumpSelect;
♦ Trained 30 project staff, technicians, local consultants and equipment firms involved in small-scale irrigation design in Burkina Faso, Mali, an Niger to help farmers choose the best pumping equipment.
♦ Procured 2 pump models from India and China, of which one has been monitored under field conditions in the village of Kakondji, Mali, since 1998, see Van ’t Hof, 2000;
♦ Demonstrated that Pumping costs in community-based irrigation schemes along the Niger River can be halved (this is a HIPPOthesis that has been validated).
♦ Developed and maintained its partnership with Hari Goumo (“cheap water”), a local NGO that promotes pump rental for farmers’ associations in Timbuktu, Mali;
♦ Presented articles at international workshops on smallscale irrigation development held in 1998 and 2001 in West Africa, e.g. Van ’t Hof, 1998, and Van ’t Hof, 2001;
♦ Not received one cent of government money. HIPPO is supported entirely by the generous donations of a few individuals. Special mention
♦ Developed working relations with the World Bank, FAO (IPTRID), the Practica Foundation and ARID, a small-scale irrigation network for West and Central Africa.
♦ Conducted missions to Mauritania, China, India, and Bangladesh to study procurement options and agree on procurement arrangements for West Africa.
♦ Provided free access to its information sources on the Internet since the mid-1990s. Currently, our publications are best accessed via our Mendeley group.