Making Every Drop Count

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Afrique-en-Ligne-Water-Irrigation-Treadle-Pumps-Africa-Nourishing-the-PlanetIn sub-Saharan Africa, 95 percent of crop land depends on rain, and as the impacts of climate change become more evident, scientists predict that rainfall will decline in the coming decades. But rain-fed areas also hold the biggest potential for boosting efficiency of water resources on the farm.

Increasing demand for water is threatening the livelihood of millions of small-scale farmers. But support from governments, development agencies, and NGOs can help make technologies, such as human-powered pumps and affordable micro-irrigation, more accessible to smallholder farmers.

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