"Modernisation and African farmer-led irrigation development: Ideology, policies and practices" is written by Chris de Bont, Department of Human Geography, Stockholm University, Janwillem Liebrand, Water Resources Management Group, Wageningen University, and International Development Studies, Utrecht University, Gert-Jan Veldwisch, Water Resource Management Group, Wageningen University, Wageningen, and Philip Woodhouse, The Global Development Institute, School of Environment, Education and Development, The University of Manchester. The article is published in Water Alternatives; part of a special issue on Farmer-Led Irrigation Development.