Shallow Wells: An untapped resource to improve agricultural productivity in Southern Mali

Birhanu, Z B and Guedessou, C and Tabo, R (2015) Shallow Wells: An untapped resource to improve agricultural productivity in Southern Mali. Africa Rising, 39. pp. 1-2.

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A major constraint to agricultural productivity is the amount of rainfall and its intra and inter-annual variability. The rainy season is short and varies in length, with the number of rainy days varying from year to year. High evaporation losses (up to 50% of annual rainfall) results in soil water shortage during the growing season, when rains are erratic. Hence water scarcity is rampant heightening the risk of agricultural productivity. Farmers have little control over the environment and they mostly can neither irrigate nor drain excess water. As an effort to improve agricultural productivity through water availability in different seasons, a study was conducted to understand the recharging capacity of shallow wells in different seasons in southern Mali...

Item Type: Article
Divisions: Others
Uncontrolled Keywords: Shallow Wells, Water Resources, Agriculture, Agricultural Productivity, Mali, Wells, Smallholder Agricultural Production
Subjects: Others > Agriculture-Farming, Production, Technology, Economics
Depositing User: Mr Ramesh K
Date Deposited: 03 Nov 2015 03:26
Last Modified: 11 May 2016 05:26
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Acknowledgement: The Africa Research In Sustainable Intensification for the Next Generation (Africa RISING) program comprises three research-fordevelopment projects supported by the United States Agency for International Development as part of the U.S. government’s Feed the Future initiative. Through action research and development partnerships, Africa RISING will create opportunities for smallholder farm households to move out of hunger and poverty through sustainably intensified farming systems that improve food, nutrition, and income security, particularly for women and children, and conserve or enhance the natural resource base. The three projects are led by the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (in West Africa and East and Southern Africa) and the International Livestock Research Institute (in the Ethiopian Highlands). The International Food Policy Research Institute leads an associated project on monitoring, evaluation and impact assessment.
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