Targeting and scaling up of Agricultural Water Management interventions in the White Volta Basin, Ghana.
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Granaham, P. 2012. Targeting and scaling up of Agricultural Water Management interventions in the White Volta Basin, Ghana. CPWF Student Research Summary. Kumasi, Ghana: Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology.
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Key findings: • From the PGIS survey, six of the interventions (two small reservoirs, earth bunds, stone bunds, treadle pump, water pumps and shallow wells) were identified with the help of key stakeholders to the study. • Increment of farmers’ income-‐ Education of their children, NHIS, roofing sheet for their building and reinvest in next season. Increase yield (e.g. to about 300% of rice at Beo), increase in crop diversity and raising of seedling • With the exception of treadle pump usage which remains the same, the number of farmers adopting the interventions has increased spontaneously. o The high adoption of shallow well at Doba was due to its indigenous nature, increase population, migration of some Burkinabe into the area and the high water table during the early dry seasons. o The reason for stone and earth bunds adoptions increment is mainly due to the availability of the construction material and the apparent improvement in livelihoods of those who started first. o The adoption of the motorized pumps in Pwalugu has also increased from 2007 to 2011. However, due to the cost of pump, 3 women out of the 143 farmers are using pumps. • Farmers and stakeholders consulted claimed apart from Involvement of communities in project, water availability, training on farm management and accessibility market, other input like fertilizer has contributed to the success of the interventions • The developed suitability maps indicated that optimally/highly suitable areas for small reservoirs, stone bunds and earth bunds are located in the eastern part of UER as 5766km2 (66%), 4410km2 (50%) and 6071km2 (69%) of the total area respectively.
A student research summary.