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By Christopher J Barrow

ISBN-10: 1853834963

ISBN-13: 9781853834967

An creation to runoff agriculture - a sort of agricultural irrigation - this article describes how using floor and subsurface water, frequently neglected and wasted, permits either small farmers and advertisement agriculturists to enhance yields and the protection of harvest, even in harsh and distant environments. The textual content introduces the ideas and techniques, in addition to the demanding situations and the opportunity of the an important strategy, that could give a contribution a lot to lowering land degradation and bettering conservation and sustainability.

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Many of these people suffer from drought and land degradation, but aid is unlikely to come in the form of piped or canal supplies because the populace lives in remote or rugged terrain, or where soils are poor, and may be scattered too thinly to justify infrastructure costs even if river or groundwater supplies were available and could be channelled towards them. In semi-arid and seasonally dry regions food and fuelwood production must be more secure and accessible to the poor. What is needed are ways to grow more food and fuelwood with less water as components of productive, sustainable, rural livelihoods (Arnon, 1981).

SWC must be pursued with great caution as it is a ‘minefield for the unwary’ (Stocking, 1988, p385). Too often efforts have been inappropriate or clumsy and the results disappointing and unsustainable, even damaging to people and the environment (see Chapter 6). In any given situation there may be several possible techniques and perhaps more than one means of constructing and managing each. Those promoting SWC and runoff agriculture must allow farmers to experiment and chose what works for them, not impose things (Kiome and Stocking, 1995).

SWC must be pursued with great caution as it is a ‘minefield for the unwary’ (Stocking, 1988, p385). Too often efforts have been inappropriate or clumsy and the results disappointing and unsustainable, even damaging to people and the environment (see Chapter 6). In any given situation there may be several possible techniques and perhaps more than one means of constructing and managing each. Those promoting SWC and runoff agriculture must allow farmers to experiment and chose what works for them, not impose things (Kiome and Stocking, 1995).

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