Millions of farmers rely on rainfed subsistence agriculture (New Agriculturist)

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New tool selects best water technologies for specific regions

A new tool, which aims to boost the livelihoods of poor African farmers in the Limpopo and Volta river basins, pinpoints areas where proven agricultural water management technologies and methods would be most effective. In these regions of Southern and West Africa, millions of farmers rely on rainfed subsistence agriculture, but crops suffer from high evaporation, variable and uneven distribution of rainfall, prolonged dry spells and occasional flooding, and climate change is making variable rainfall even less predictable in some areas.

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About Willem Van Cotthem

Honorary Professor of Botany, University of Ghent (Belgium). Scientific Consultant for Desertification and Sustainable Development.
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