Despite sustaining the livelihoods of millions of Africans, the continent’s agricultural sector remains dependent on erratic seasonal rains. According to the International Water Management Institute, irrigation covers just seven percent of sub-Saharan Africa’s total cultivated area of 183 million hectares – the lowest proportion of irrigation anywhere in the world.
With the continent on the front line of climate change, rain is expected to become ever more sporadic. According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), this will further impact production of African wheat, rice and maize. There is an urgent need for climate neutral solutions to help farmers draw every last drop of water from their land.