Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Small Scale Irrigation


The Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Small-Scale Irrigation (ILSSI) is a research-for-development project that aims to expand farmer-led, small scale irrigation in Ethiopia, Ghana, Mali, and Tanzania.

Sustainable, profitable, and gender-sensitive irrigation contributes to agricultural growth, resilient food systems, and better nutrition and health, particularly for vulnerable populations.

Now in its second phase (2019-2023), ILSSI is working to identify the best ways to expand the use of small scale irrigation within environmentally sustainable limits. ILSSI is a part of the U.S. Government’s Feed the Future Initiative.

What's New

Check out our latest blog posts to catch up on the news, events, and announcements from our research on how to expand small scale irrigation.

What We Do

Building on research from its first phase (2014-2018), ILSSI is now investigating how to feasibly and sustainably expand small scale irrigation. Promising starting points include mapping adoption potential, developing innovative business models, achieving more sustainable resource use, leveraging the potential for irrigated livestock fodder, identifying innovative finance options, expanding irrigated gardens, and improving women’s access to irrigation. ILSSI achieves impact through continuous engagement with institutions and organizations nationally and globally, and through its capacity development programs

Our Team

Nicole Lefore


Research Manager and Senior Researcher

Matt Stellbauer


Program Manager

Abbey Kunkle


Program Coordinator

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