Small-scale Irrigation Boosts Incomes and Food Security in sub-Saharan Africa

Outlet: National Geographic

August 8, 2013

For millions of poor farm families in sub-Saharan Africa, access to water makes the difference between hunger and a full belly, between a well-nourished child and one stunted by malnutrition, and between a
productive livelihood and one mired in poverty. For many, the long dry season is a trying time of one meal a day. But the emergence and spread of affordable pumps and other technologies that enable farmers to irrigate their small plots has begun to boost harvests and family incomes in some of the world’s deepest pockets of hunger, including parts of sub-Saharan Africa.