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Title: Irrigation to mitigate rainfall variability and food insecurity in the Sahel: new irrigation options for Burkina Faso
Authors: Fossi, S
Traore, Y M
Barbier, B
Diarra, A
Traore, S O
Keywords: RAINFALL DEFICIT
FOOD INSECURITY
SUPPLEMENTAL IRRIGATION
WATER MANAGEMENT
BURKINA FASO
SAHEL
FOOD SECURITY
FARMERS
GOVERNMENT POLICY
CROP MANAGEMENT
AGRICULTURE
POVERTY
Date: 2012
Citation: Fossi, S., Traore, Y. M., Barbier, B., Diarra, A., Traore, S. O., & Zangre, A. (2012). Irrigation to mitigate rainfall variability and food insecurity in the Sahel: new irrigation options for Burkina Faso. Proceedings of the WAC 2012.
Abstract: Accepting the challenges of irrigation is a prerequisite for improving food security in the Sahel. Sahelian countries are subject to erratic rainfalls for centuries and are likely to face increasing rainfall variability in the future. However irrigation development has been disappointing over the last few decades. Most irrigated schemes display mitigated performances while individual small farmers are launching a small green revolution around reservoirs and along rivers. The government of Burkina Faso, a typical Sahelian country, plans to launch new ideas to help these individual small farmers to improve their resilience through supplemental irrigation during the dry spells of the rainy season from small farm basins. The government also proposes mobile irrigation teams to support the farms adjacent to bodies of water. This article is a synthesis of the issues of food security, initiated policies and irrigation technologies to improve farmers’ adaptation capacities in Burkina Faso. Then a research-development project studies the practice of supplemental irrigation, its agronomic, climatic and socio-economic issues related to the mobilization of runoff.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10625/50508
Project Number: 106549
Project Title: Irrigation and climate information in Burkina Faso (AARC)
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