This section of the website is under construction and all texts are provisional.
Any business model that helps turn low-lift pump irrigation along Sahelian rivers into an affordable, sustainable solution will have to take into account a large number of parameters and ideas. Not all of them necessarily apply at the same time, but it seems a good idea to keep all of them in mind when designing a business model for a particular area. Also, the scope of ideas can be expanded. There are tons of options, really, including :
Van ’t Hof, Sjon. 2000. Pumpselect : program for pump selection and cost appraisal (English version). Amersfoort: HIPPO Foundation. Amersfoort. http://dl.dropbox.com/u/26059961/Pumpselect english.xls. Click here.
The following parts are under construction.
Axial-flow pumps, mixed-flow pumps, stationary versus mobile pumps, electrical motors, diesel engines, petrol engines, solar power, biodiesel. Click here.
Size (4, 5, 6, 8, 10 inch), drive, origins, foot valves, hoses/pipes. Click here.
Transport (outboard), crop processing (shelling), medium-lift irrigation.
Vegetables (spray irrigation, canal irrigation), wheat, cold-tolerant rice, floating rice (irrigation d’appoint), biodiesel.
For the equipment: Senegal, The Gambia, Mauritania, Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger, Nigeria, Cameroon, Chad, East Africa, southern Africa. For the crops:
Foreign importer (European, Asian), foreign exporter (Asian, Australian), regional importer (e.g. most of West Africa from one location, e.g. Ghana, Senegal), local importer, rental, sales, hire-purchase, investment (interest), maintenance, governance, capacity building, constraints (development organizations, government).
By way of example