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Irrigation in Africa south of the Sahara

A Study, with particular reference to Investment for food production











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    Design and operation of irrigation systems for smallholder agriculture in South Asia. Part 2 1986
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    Distribution of water from the supply canal to the individual farm remains the most troublesome feature of irrigation development in the Asian area of smallholder cultivation. This is particularly the case where crops other than paddy are being grown in at least one season of the year, when the simple field-to-field approach which is appropriate only to wet-land paddy is not applicable. The latter is the situation considered in the following notes.
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    Design and operation of irrigation systems for smallholder agriculture in South Asia. Part 1 1986
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    In the formulation of projects for irrigation of smallholdings in South Asia there are a number of questions relating to water allocation and distribution which arise very frequently. They include economic and sociological issues, as well as technical. In the following paper project design is discussed with particular regard to these issues. The paper does not provide comprehensive coverage of irrigation system design, but focusses on key issues and options, consideration of which is basic to pr oject formulation. The paper is intended for both administrative and technical readers.
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    Smart irrigation – Smart wash
    Solutions in response to the pandemic crisis in Africa
    2020
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    Uncertainties related to the impacts of COVID-19 on daily life are increasingly growing. Inherent effects have grown beyond the well-defined sphere of health risks and have shocked the livelihood and food security in several countries. Particularly in the poorest countries, the impact is more devastating due to the limited availability of resources to slow down the spread of the disease. These countries require immediate actions to safeguard food security and human health. Irrigation has a great role in improving crop productivity and ensuring food security. However, expanding irrigation could impact the availability of water for sanitation and hygiene which has a central role in slowing down the spread of the disease. It is, thus, clearer that irrigation development should also comply with the requirement of extended need of water for sanitation and hygiene. Developing multiple water use would certainly allow to fight the pandemic while ensuring the basic needs of food security in rural communities. To support the concept of multiple water use, a new initiative called SMART irrigation – SMART WASH is proposed for corporate solutions to enhance irrigation and provide WASH facilities to vulnerable communities, thus, responding to the critical needs in times of pandemic crisis.

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