The Water Channel: More crop per drop: Farmer-learning and the promise of improved water use in agriculture

It has been said many times that there is very little irrigation development in Africa, that there is little water storage per head of population, that this adds up to high vulnerability to droughts.

In a two-year field program under the Remote Sensing for Water Productivity (WaPOR) project, the International Water Management Institute exposed a large number of water users, water user group leaders and irrigation managers in Koga to technical innovations to enhance on-farm irrigation management decisions. This was done by providing farmers and block leaders with tools that allow them to “look beyond the soil” and assess whether the land should be irrigated or had been irrigated too much.

 

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