Propositions

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 :

PumpSelect
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.

Pump types
Axial-flow pumps, mixed-flow pumps, stationary versus mobile pumps, electrical motors, diesel engines, petrol engines, solar power, biodiesel. Click here.

Pump design
Size (4, 5, 6, 8, 10 inch), drive, origins, foot valves, hoses/pipes. Click here.

Engine uses
Transport (outboard), crop processing (shelling), medium-lift irrigation.

Crop potential
Vegetables (spray irrigation, canal irrigation),  wheat, cold-tolerant rice, floating rice (irrigation d’appoint), biodiesel.

Market potential
For the equipment: Senegal, The Gambia, Mauritania, Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger, Nigeria, Cameroon, Chad, East Africa, southern Africa. For the crops:

Business models
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).

Case study
By way of example

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