Water is a necessity to produce the crops that feed a village. But when water is scarce, it can impact everything from diet and hygiene to income and issues related to gender.
In the article Feeding the future, partners of the Innovation Laboratory for Small-Scale Irrigation at the Norman Borlaug Institute for International Agriculture, a unit of the Texas A&M University system, are working in Ethiopia, Ghana, and Tanzania to help farmers improve the use of scarce water supplies through innovations in small-scale irrigation.
The innovation lab is working to identify irrigation approaches and management practices that will contribute to increased food production, improved nutrition, accelerated economic development and environmental protection.
The success of the project brings people from neighboring communities to ask about the positive farming experiences and learn about irrigated production.