Irrigation Subsector Guidance Note: Building Blocks for Sustainable Investment

Institutional Document | April 2017

This guidance note will help define core areas of support and set the course for ADB's country partnership strategy investments in irrigation and assists. 

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One of ADB's irrigation subsector goals is to produce more food with less water. Estimates suggest that food production in the developing world must double by 2050. By that year, urban and industrial water demand will have increased from 20% of total regional demand to 40% (about 80% of that water demand is for irrigation). This publication helps define core support areas in the irrigation subsector and set the course for country partnership strategy investments in irrigation for lending and nonlending assistance.

This guidance note can assist and strengthen the preparation of projects that increase food productivity and security, use water within the resource availability limits, and produce long-term benefits. It is mainly for the use of ADB project officers at various stages of the ADB project cycle, in their negotiations with DMCs, and in the preparation of project proposals for lending and nonlending assistance. It is also for staff and consultants involved in project preparation, implementation, and review.


  • Introduction
  • Drivers and Directions for Change
  • The ADB Project Cycle
  • Pillars and Building Blocks of Effective Irrigation Projects
  • Priority Actions and Building Block Indicators for Project Preparedness: ADB Water and Irrigation Sector Project Policy
  • Recommendations for Implementing the ISGN Approach
  • Appendix 1: Sustainable Development Goals
  • Appendix 2: Factors Contributing to the Additional Complexity of Irrigation Projects
  • Appendix 3: ADB Definition of Irrigation Modernization

Additional Details

  • Agriculture and natural resources
  • Agricultural and food productivity
  • Water
  • Water Resource Management
  • 44
  • 8.5 x 11
  • TIM168534-2
  • 978-92-9257-781-0 (Print)
  • 978-92-9257-782-7 (e-ISBN)

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