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Rainfed agriculture: unlocking the potential.

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Chapter 11 (Page no: 197)

Opportunities for water harvesting and supplemental irrigation for improving rainfed agriculture in semi-arid areas.

This chapter discusses the research results and experiences gained in runoff harvesting and supplemental irrigation in the semiarid tropical (SAT) regions of India and Africa. Topics covered include: traditional tank irrigation in SAT India; assessment of adequate water availability in tanks at critical crop growth stages; optimum tank size and other design parameters; efficient application of supplemental irrigation water; crop responses to supplemental irrigation; economic evaluation of runoff storage structures and supplemental irrigation; and watershed-based water harvesting, groundwater recharging and efficient water utilization.

Other chapters from this book

Chapter: 1 (Page no: 1) Rainfed agriculture - past trends and future prospects. Author(s): Wani, S. P. Sreedevi, T. K. Rockström, J. Ramakrishna, Y. S.
Chapter: 2 (Page no: 36) Zooming in on the global hotspots of rainfed agriculture in water-constrained environments. Author(s): Rockström, J. Karlberg, L.
Chapter: 3 (Page no: 44) Water resource implications of upgrading raifned agriculture - focus on green and blue water trade-offs. Author(s): Karlberg, L. Rockström, J. Falkenmark, M.
Chapter: 4 (Page no: 54) Tectonics - climate-linked soil degradation and its impact in rainfed agriculture: Indian experience. Author(s): Pal, D. K. Bhattacharyya, T. Chandran, P. Ray, S. K.
Chapter: 5 (Page no: 73) Determinants of crop growth and yield in a changing climate. Author(s): Aggarwal, P. K.
Chapter: 6 (Page no: 81) Yield gap analysis: modelling of achievable yields at farm level. Author(s): Singh, P. Aggarwal, P. K. Bhatia, V. S. Murty, M. V. R. Pala, M. Oweis, T. Benli, B. Rao, K. P. C. Wani, S. P.
Chapter: 7 (Page no: 124) Can rainfed agriculture feed the world? An assessment of potentials and risk. Author(s): Fraiture, C. de Karlberg, L. Rockström, J.
Chapter: 8 (Page no: 133) Opportunities for improving crop water productivity through genetic enhancement of dryland crops. Author(s): Gowda, C. L. L. Serraj, R. Srinivasan, G. Chauhan, Y. S. Reddy, B. V. S. Rai, K. N. Nigam, S. N. Gaur, P. M. Reddy, L. J. Dwivedi, S. L. Upadhyaya, H. D. Zaidi, P. H. Rai, H. K. Maniselvan, P. Follkerstma, R. Nalini, M.
Chapter: 9 (Page no: 164) Water harvesting for improved rainfed agriculture in the dry environments. Author(s): Oweis, T. Hachum, A.
Chapter: 10 (Page no: 182) Supplemental irrigation for improved rainfed agriculture in WANA region. Author(s): Oweis, T. Hachum, A.
Chapter: 12 (Page no: 222) Integrated farm management practices and upscaling the impact for increased productivity of rainfed systems. Author(s): Sreedevi, T. K. Wani, S. P.
Chapter: 13 (Page no: 258) Challenges of adoption and adaptation of land and water management options in smallholder agriculture: synthesis of lessons and experiences. Author(s): Shiferaw, B. Okello, J. Reddy, V. R.
Chapter: 14 (Page no: 276) Scaling-out community watershed management for multiple benefits in rainfed areas. Author(s): Joshi, P. K. Jha, A. K. Wani, S. P. Sreedevi, T. K.

Chapter details

  • Author Affiliation
  • International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), Patancheru 502 324, Andhra Pradesh, India.
  • Year of Publication
  • 2009
  • ISBN
  • 9781845933890
  • Record Number
  • 20093041386