Farmers grapple with botched irrigation and high cost of farm inputs resorting to reducing planted acreage, contributing to shortage of food supplies.
Four consecutive rainy seasons have now failed since late 2020, a climatic event not seen in at least 40 years. This meteorological drought has resulted in a loss of soil moisture, caused waterways to dry up, and led to the death of millions of livestock.
Rwandan farmers hopeful for irrigation gains from Rusumo Hydropower project, despite pollution concerns
Farmers are hoping for an improvement in agriculture after construction of the Rusumo Hydopower project will be finalized in 2023, due to the development of new dams to help them irrigate plants even in the dry season.
Countries in the Horn of Africa are highly vulnerable to prolonged droughts, erratic rains and increased temperatures, but they don’t really have the capacity to cope with these climatic changes
The pollution and fish kills in the Mara River were triggered by a heavy rain that washed downstream a mud of decomposed vegetation, tons of cow dung, urine and litter.
Investing in the water treatment plant enabled North Mara mine to produce a positive clean and safe water balance which will be shared to four villages in Matongo ward.
Low irrigation uptake in water-rich Ethiopia threatens food security for Africa’s second largest population
Though there is vast irrigation water potential in Ethiopia, only those farmers who can afford the price of fuel for generators utilise irrigation technology.
The growth of the water hyacinth plant has put Lake Manzala at risk as it shrinks at a rate of 5.22 square kilometers per year.
Two years on from the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic, the costs of supplying modern irrigation equipment have soared, compelling small-scale farmers to turn to traditional irrigation techniques to boost the production of their crops within a short timeframe.
The dam will supply 20million people with water for domestic use and putting 3,300ha of land under irrigation. Comprising of 1,180ha in Busia County, Kenya and 2,120ha in Uganda’s Tororo District.
“We have no time to waste,” water activist Mina Guli urges urgent action to preserve water resources
Decisions would be better if leaders could understand that things are different on the land. I’ve seen huge water problems in these countries; in many cases, these problems are in places where the damage is irreversible.
All changed in early 2020, when Covid-19 set foot in East Africa. The pandemic triggered strict lockdowns as a measure to contain the virus spread. This meant members of Ngangani irrigation group had to reorganize for their farm to survive.