The checklist allows rapid assessment of the technical feasibility of establishing a small, community managed surface irrigation project. It is intended that the checklist is used in response to an initial request from farmers for assistance to confirm that there are no immediately apparent, major constraints to a proposed development. Tried and tested rules of thumb rather than classic, rigorous analyses have been used where appropriate.
The checklist has been designed for use on low-input schemes and covers surface irrigation from streamflows and shallow wells. It is anticipated that schemes where the checklist is applied will not normally be larger than 100 ha. However, parts of the document may also be used for the appraisal of elements within larger schemes.
The checklist may also be adapted for application to extension or rehabilitation of existing schemes, rather than potential new schemes.