Micro Irrigatino-Based Vegetable Farming for Income, Employment and Food Security in West Africa

Dittoh, S and Bhattarai, M and Akuriba, M A (2013) Micro Irrigatino-Based Vegetable Farming for Income, Employment and Food Security in West Africa. In: Global Food Security: Emerging Issues and Economic Implications. Nova Science Publishers , pp. 177-200. ISBN 978-1626181922

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Dry season smallholder irrigated vegetable production in the arid and semi-arid parts of the West African sub-region has been an important income generating activity and a means of engaging productive labour for many decades. Crop production has often been on less than half an acre per irrigator due to several constraints including low watertable in the case of shallow well irrigators; poorly constructed dams, silting rivers and streams and water lifting constraints in the case of surface water irrigators; and limited market opportunities, among others. The resultant output per person, and thus income generated per worker, has been very low with high risks of unsustainable production. Attempts at "modern" irrigation systems in the sub-region have been largely unsuccessful but some of the micro irrigation systems operated by smallholders seem to be performing satisfactorily. that is an indication that "affordable micro-irrigation for vegetable" (AMIV) systems could be the answer for improving irrigated vegetable production in West Africa.

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: Others > Agriculture-Farming, Production, Technology, Economics
Depositing User: Mr Siva Shankar
Date Deposited: 09 Jan 2014 06:04
Last Modified: 09 Jan 2014 06:04
URI: http://oar.icrisat.org/id/eprint/7311
Acknowledgement: UNSPECIFIED
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