Preface: Rainwater-smart concept, goals and objectives, structure.- Using rainwater for off-season small-scale irrigation in arid and semi-arid areas of sub-Saharan Africa: Key working principles and best practices.- Fostering food security and climate resilience through integrated landscape restoration practices and rainwater harvesting management in arid and semi-arid areas of Ethiopia.- Towards Optimizing the Performance and Cost-effectiveness of Farm Pond Technology for Small-scale Irrigation in Semi-arid Farming Systems of Kenya.- The promise of developing flood based farming systems in arid and semi-arid areas.- Adaptations in water harvesting technologies for enhancing food security and livelihood: A multi-country study in Sub-Saharan Africa.- Roads: instruments for water harvesting and resilience.- Fostering the use of rainwater for off-season small-scale irrigation in arid and semi-arid areas of Ethiopia.- Fostering the adoption of in-situ rainwater harvesting for food security in Rwenzori region, Uganda.- Rainwater management to restore ecosystems and foster food production: A case study in the semi-arid region of Minas Gerais in Brazil.- Innovative rainwater harvesting technologies for pastoralists in arid and semi-arid areas: a case study in Borena zone, Oromiya region, Ethiopia.- Rainwater harvesting options to support off-season small-scale irrigation in arid and semi-arid areas of Zimbabwe.- Fostering the use of rainwater for off-season small-scale irrigation in arid and semi-arid areas of Kenya.- Benefits and challenges of dugout rainwater harvesting ponds in Tigray, Ethiopia.- Rainwater harvesting irrigation – a strategic measure for integrated rural development in the dry mountainous areas of Gansu Province, China.- Improving the Efficiency of runoff pond system for supplementary Irrigation in Kenya: The case of Masongaleni Village, Makueni County..- The ‘majaluba’ rice production system: A rainwater harvesting ‘bright spot’ in Tanzania.- Management of rainwater resources for rehabilitation of degraded lands in arid and semi-arid region of southern Pakistan.- Low-tech irrigation strategies for smallholder vegetable farmers in Kenya.- Lessons learned in the replication and scaling-up of rainwater harvesting technologies in arid and semi-arid areas: A case study of Kilifi County, Kenya.
This book introduces state-of-the-art approaches, methods and research, focusing on smart management of rainwater. In addition, it provides an overview of projects from across the world, illustrating how rainwater-smart management has been implemented in drylands. Focusing on the scientific perspective it demonstrates how rural dryland agriculture can be improved. It also documents the wealth of rainwater-smart know-how available today, and replicates and transfers results to other countries and regions, to encourage cross-sector interactions among various stakeholders, such as practitioners from governmental and public organisations, policy- and decision-makers, and teaching staff from academic scientific institutions.
Highlighting the working principles and technical recommendations with regard to cost-efficient rainwater-smart solutions, it is of interest to practitioners. It is also a valuable resource for academic specialists, professionals and students, since many development agencies are funding rainwater harvesting for irrigation purposes.
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