Can agriculture overcome its own water problems?

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Agriculture requires a great deal of water. In fact, it uses 70% of the world’s freshwater supplies. Extreme weather events are on the rise, and drought is as much […].*Solutions in India* To grow just a single kilo of rice takes 5000 litres of water, and it accounts for over a third of the water […]

Challenges and Coping Strategies in the Uptake of the System of Rice Intensification Practices in Oluch Irrigation Scheme, Homa-Bay County, Kenya

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Rice is a staple food crop for most households in sub-Saharan Africa [1,2]. Currently, there is increasing demand for rice and the need to improve productivity of local farmers to reduce dependence on imports in most countries with rice productivity potential [1,3]. Concurrently, there are significant crop yield gaps associated with biophysical and management challenges. With […]

The potential for expansion of irrigated rice under alternate wetting and drying in Burkina Faso

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Achieving rice self-sufficiency in West Africa will require an expansion of the irrigated rice area under water-scarce conditions. However, little is known about how much area can be irrigated and where and when water-saving practices could be used. The objective of this study was to assess potentially irrigable lands for irrigated rice cultivation under water-saving […]