Water Productivity in Rainfed Agriculture: Redrawing the Rainbow of Water to Achieve Food Security in Rainfed Smallholder Systems, 1st Edition (e-Book) book cover

Water Productivity in Rainfed Agriculture

Redrawing the Rainbow of Water to Achieve Food Security in Rainfed Smallholder Systems, 1st Edition

By Hodson Makurira

CRC Press

250 pages

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The challenge of water scarcity as a result of insufficient seasonal rainfall and dry spell occurrences during cropping seasons is compounded by inefficient agricultural practices by smallholder farmers where insignificant soil and water conservation efforts are applied. The hypothesis of this research is that many of the past research efforts have

Table of Contents

1. Introduction 2. Rainfed Agriculture in Sub-Saharan Africa 3. The Study Area 4. Research Sites and Observation Techniques 5. Water Partitioning Analysis using Modelling Techniques 6. Productivity Analysis 7. Synthesis of the Research 8. Conclusions

About the Author

Hodson Makurira obtained his BSc in Civil Engineering from the University of Zimbabwe and his MSc from the International Institute for Infrastructural, Hydraulic and Environmental Engineering (now UNESCO-IHE) in Delft, The Netherlands. He worked as a water resources engineer for the Ministry of Water Resources and Development and for the Zimbabwe National Water Authority. He is currently a lecturer at the University of Zimbabwe and involved in several educational and research development programmes. His subjects of expertise are improving livelihoods for semi-arid rainfed environment communities, mitigation of dry spells on crop productivity and water partitioning processes at field scale and the linking to crop productivity.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
NAT011000
NATURE / Environmental Conservation & Protection
TEC009020
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Civil / General
TEC010030
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Environmental / Water Supply