NEW – Adapting to Water Scarcity at Farm Level

Located on the Pacific coast in the Ica Valley desert, it has ideal, sunny weather conditions for growing crops all-year-round, but is impacted by water scarcity. With an annual rainfall of only 3mm per year, the main water source for the farm has been the underground aquifer. However, with agriculture farms booming and more farmers [...]

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NEW – Satellite-based spatial data to aid in irrigation

FruitLook (www.fruitlook.co.za) is an open web portal that runs during the grape and deciduous fruit season of October to April in the Western Cape Province of South Africa. The service is governmentally funded by the Western Cape Department of Agriculture to encourage efficient water use in agriculture and minimise losses due to surplus use. Via [...]

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NEW – Installation of Drip Irrigation Systems

The project is part of The Gold Standard’s Water Benefit Standard certification system, which certifies water performance of projects. These can be bought by Corporations, NGOs and governmental organisations and serve as means of ongoing funding for the project.

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Water Reclamation for Reuse and Groundwater Recharge

Designed in collaboration with the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the project also included the construction of a new reclaimed water distribution network and the construction of Rapid Infiltration Basins for groundwater recharge. At a project cost of $US344 million, financed primarily through municipal bonds complemented by a grant from the US EPA, it succeeded in [...]

By |2015-08-07T13:11:20+00:00August 4th, 2015|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Water Reclamation for Reuse and Groundwater Recharge

Managing Evapotranspiration Using Quotas

Because overexploitation of groundwater across the basin is estimated to be 9 billion cubic meters annually, a program was developed to address the supply demand balance within the river basin, recognizing the impacts downstream. A 7-year program was developed (ending in 2011) that involved the implementation of an integrated water and environmental management strategy in [...]

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Irrigation Scheduling in Grape Farming

In order to minimize water use Shelanu Farm, a small but highly intensive farm  using modern technology, optimized its water irrigation scheduling based on data automatically received from soil moisture (capacitance) probes and analysis using a sophisticated computerized monitoring and management system. Soils around the farm vary considerably and the automated system allows variable irrigation [...]

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Irrigation Management

The main crops that grow in the area - lucerne, potato, groundnut, maize, oats and barley - are difficult to grow profitably, hence the negative perception. Changes needed to be made, to ensure the financial survival of the farmers in the Upper Orange River Catchment through increased productivity as well as reduce the amount of [...]

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Integrated Watershed Management

Kothapally village comprises 465ha of mainly cultivated undulating farmland with a population of 1,492 supported by semi-subsistence agriculture in the area. The level of resource degradation before project implementation was serious – characterized by low rainwater use efficiency, high soil erosion and a lack of soil stabilization or infiltration enhancement mechanisms. The project placed an [...]

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Improved Water Management for Sugarcane Production

?The project intervention focused on introducing improved water management practices to reduce water use, in parallel with improved crop practices to increase crop yield. The program started small but grew to encompass over 1,000 farmers. Specifically, the project implemented several irrigation-related interventions, including: replacing serpentine irrigation with furrow irrigation, making irrigation scheduling dependent on estimated [...]

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Groundwater Recharge

?In order remedy the situation, attention was focused on the Omdel aquifer near the mouth of the Omaruru River which had the largest storage capacity at 150 000 000m3. Previous research had also identified that natural recharge in the system was reducing as a result of heavily silt-laden floodwaters clogging normal recharge pathways. The scheme [...]

By |2019-09-20T14:55:57+00:00July 31st, 2015|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Groundwater Recharge