Irrigation: 11 thoughts on sustainable water use in agriculture
Our expert panel offers insights on how farming in developing countries could be improved through irrigation and how water resources could, in turn, be managed more effectively
Rajendra Uprety, agriculture officer, ministry of agriculture development in Nepal, Choma, Zambia. @urajendra
If you want productivity and efficiency, put irrigation systems in the hands of farmers: Generally speaking big dam and irrigation systems in developing countries are less productive. When the control and management of such systems is not in the hand of farmers – the water users – it makes water reliability more vulnerable and less useful to farmers to intensify their cropping systems and adopt new technologies.
Richard Munang, Africa regional climate change coordinator, United Nations Environment Programme, Nairobi, Kenya. @MTingem
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