Can groundwater irrigation be a “triple win” for smallholder African farmers?

Julie van der Bliek highlighted some of the various irrigation techniques currently used by farmers in Africa and their reach.

Untapping the “enormous” potential of groundwater irrigation in sub-Saharan Africa could bring threefold wins of environmental sustainability, agricultural productivity and greater social equality, according to work by the International Water Management Institute (IWMI), which was presented in UK Parliament this week to the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Agriculture and Food for Development.

With just one per cent of cultivated land in Africa currently irrigated using groundwater, experts from IWMI and elsewhere identified this as a substantial area for improvement during the event on optimising water management for smallholder farmers.

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