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Doug Merrey said:

You should be careful about pushing this technology for small farmers--the literature is very clear that poor smallholders never use them over the long term. The sources used in this document are way out of date.

Commented on: 2015-09-29 07:42:49


Neil Noble said:

Doug - Thank you for the useful information, I have made a link with KnowledgePoint highlighting the issues you mention with micro-irrigation and you will find some additional comments on the subject at the following link. http://knowledgepoint.org/en/questions/3386/micro-irrigation/

Replied on: 2015-10-16 08:57:53

Doug Merrey said:

There is a growing literature on the actual experiences of smallholders in Africa with drip irrigation kits. This reply format makes it difficult to cite them. For a review of some of the literature go to the IWMI website [www.iwmi.org] and look for Working Paper 162 by Merrey and Langan. There are references there --and the conclusion is very clear this is not an appropriate technology for most smallholders. I would be glad to share some of these references by email.

Replied on: 2015-10-02 07:16:05

Joe said:

Doug - could you be more specific, please?

Replied on: 2015-10-01 21:56:52


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