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Water management and water harvesting: how to overcome constraints in community gardening in semi-arid Mali

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Bass, Hans-Heinrich; Freyhold, Klaus von; Weisskoeppel, Cordula

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Abstract Malnutrition, i.e. the undersupply of micro-nutrients, is a common phenomenon in the villages of West African Mali. Community gardening can help to overcome the gap between supply of and requirements for micro-nutrients. In addition to its effect on nutrition, community gardening supports the pro-poor orientation of economic growth, and has a potentially positive effect on human capital formation, communal coherence, and women’s empowerment. Water supply, however, is a major bottleneck for gardening in the Sahel zone. Based on a field survey using a “rapid rural appraisal”-inspired research method, the paper develops the argument for a de-linking of irrigation from deep wells (water mining) and argues in favour of a combination of water harvesting techniques and substantial improvements of the gardens’ micro-climate in a low external input yet technically appropriately sophisticated cultivation. The paper furthermore discusses traditional forms of social organisation and how to make them instrumental in supporting the new system.
Keywords Mali; undernourishment; horticulture; water; irrigation; food; supply; combating poverty; development aid; gender relations; division of labor; woman; rural development; West Africa; developing country
Classification Sociology of Developing Countries, Developmental Sociology
Method applied research
Free Keywords water harvesting
Collection Title Proceedings of the 2013 International Conference "Economic Science for Rural Development”
Conference 14. International Scientific Conference "Economic Science for Rural Development 2013”. Jelgava, Latvia, 2013
Document language English
Publication Year 2013
City Jelgava
Page/Pages p. 170-174
ISSN 1691-3078
ISBN 978-9934-8304-7-1
Status Published Version; peer reviewed
Licence Creative Commons - Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works