Water management for sustainable agricultural intensification and smallholder resilience in sub-Saharan Africa

Cofie, O and Amede, T (2015) Water management for sustainable agricultural intensification and smallholder resilience in sub-Saharan Africa. Water Resources and Rural Development, 6. pp. 3-11. ISSN 22126082

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Abstract

Water management strategies and allocation policies that support agricultural intensification across agro-ecological zones and hydrologic basins are required for building resilient agrarian communities in sub-Saharan Africa. We provide an overview of the research and investments needed to enhance agriculture in the region, with a focus on technology and institutions, while describing opportunities for improving rainfed crop production. We discuss a range of water management practices in three river basins that were part of the Challenge Program on Water and Food research on Basin Development Challenges from 2009 to 2013. Our main message is that technical and institutional innovations in water management are required for creating and sustaining resilient agrarian communities in sub-Saharan Africa. Such innovations are best designed and implemented in consultations involving researchers, households, investors, and other participants with a management or regulatory responsibility. It is in this collaborative spirit that we introduce this Special Issue of Water Resources and Rural Development, in which several authors present results of studies on agricultural water management in the region, with recommendations for better planning and implementation of interventions to benefit smallholder farmers.

Item Type: Article
Divisions: RP-Resilient Dryland Systems
CRP: UNSPECIFIED
Uncontrolled Keywords: Farm-level, Food security, Investment, Policy, Rainwater, Water harvesting, Sustainable agriculture, Water management, sub-Saharan Africa
Subjects: Others > Sustainable Agriculture
Others > Smallholder Agriculture
Others > Water Resources
Others > African Agriculture
Others > Sub-Saharan Africa
Depositing User: Mr Ramesh K
Date Deposited: 25 Jul 2018 09:03
Last Modified: 25 Jul 2018 09:03
URI: http://oar.icrisat.org/id/eprint/10811
Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.wrr.2015.10.001
Projects: UNSPECIFIED
Funders: UNSPECIFIED
Acknowledgement: The research described in this special issue was conducted as part of the second phase of Challenge Program on Water and Food (CPWF), which was funded by several donor agencies across three African river basins. The Volta basin research was supported by funding from the European Commission (C-ECG-48-IWMI-CP) (EC) and technical assistance from the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD).
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