Small-scale water innovations break dryland poverty traps in Tanzania

Improved water management in rained agriculture can build resilience to cope with water-related risks and uncertainties.

J. Lokrantz/Azote

J. Lokrantz/Azote

Improved water management in rained agriculture can build resilience to cope with water-related risks and uncertainties. Conventional solutions have been to develop large-scale irrigation systems, but recent studies in e.g. Makanya, Tanzania, have shown that small-scale innovations, such as rainwater harvesting and conservation tillage, have enormous potential for increasing on-farm productivity and ecosystem services output in areas where people live in poverty and are vulnerable to climate change.