Farming systems and food production in the Volta Basin

Lemoalle, J. and Condappa, D. de (2010) Farming systems and food production in the Volta Basin. Water International, 35 (5). pp. 655-680.

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The predominantly rural population in the Volta Basin depends on rainfed crops, a practice which becomes increasingly risky as the rainfall decreases from south to north and rural poverty increases. Yields are low throughout because of drought and dry spells within the growing season, infertile soils, low inputs, poor infrastructure, and low labour productivity. Water-related diseases are widespread and half of all rural households depend on low-quality water. Fertilizer and small-scale irrigation can improve the yields of rainfed crops and alleviate poverty, but the duality between the legal state and the traditional hierarchy complicates land tenure by hindering investment. Small-scale irrigation has little effect on hydropower dams downstream

Item Type: Article
Author Affiliation: Institut de Recherche pour le Developpement (IRD), UMG G-EAU, Montpellier, France
Subjects: Plant Production > Farming Systems
Divisions: General
Depositing User: Syamala
Date Deposited: 20 Apr 2011 04:51
Last Modified: 20 Apr 2011 04:51
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