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Irrigation Documents

This irrigation document database contains key reference documents on irrigation in the drylands of the Horn of Africa. The documents are sorted by date, with the latest appearing first. They have also been classified by subject, based on DLCI’s subject categorization which can be viewed/downloaded at: (click to download).

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Title Author Organization Sub-Subject Type Of Document Date
Exploratory irrigation water suitability study Vaughan, R. A. Wajir County & Cropnuts Laboratory Services Irrigation Study February 2016
Environmentally Sound Design (ESD) sector environmental guidelines for small-scale dryland agriculture - USAID Crop agriculture Report 2014
Summary of the media event on irrigated crop agriculture in the drylands of Kenya - DLCI Crop agriculture Minutes 2013
Irrigating Kenya’s drylands – food for thought Avery, S. DLCI Irrigation Brief 2013
Summary Brief: The place of crop agriculture in resilience building in the drylands of the Horn of Africa: an opportunity or a threat? - DLCI/GROW Crop agriculture Brief 2013
Counting the costs: replacing pastoralism with irrigated agriculture in the Awash valley, north-eastern Ethiopia Benke, R. & Kerven, C. IIED Irrigation Report 2013
Opportunities and Threats of Irrigation Development in Kenya’s Drylands OCRA Company Limited FAO Irrigation Report 2013
The place of crop agriculture for resilience building in the drylands of the Horn of Africa: an opportunity or a threat? Mortimore, M. DLCI/GROW Crop agriculture Report 2013
Guidelines on Spate Irrigation Van Steenbergen, F., Lawrence, P., Haile, M., Salm FAO Irrigation Report 2010
Impact Assessment of Small?Scale Pump Irrigation in the Somali Region of Ethiopia - PLI Irrigation Assessment Report 2010
The Tragedy Is On, The Tragedy Is Over: Pastoral Challenges and Opportunities for Conservation Agriculture Nori, M. & Neely, C. - Crop agriculture Report 2008
Dryland agriculture: Dynamics, challenges and priorities Bantilan, M, Anand, F, Babu, Anupama, G, H Deepthi ICRISAT Crop agriculture Report 2006
Grow More Food with Less Water Training and Discussion Notes on Drip Irrigation for Extension staff Lusaka, N. ALIN Crop agriculture Report 2004
Drip irrigation: Options for smallholder farmers in eastern and southern Africa Sijali, I. RELMA (SIDA) Irrigation Report 2001
The Lower Shabelle Irrigation Scheme in Ethiopia: An assessment of productive options. - Livestock, Crop and Rural Development Bureau Irrigation Assessment Report -

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