Rainwater-Smart Agriculture in Arid and Semi-Arid Areas

Fostering the Use of Rainwater for Food Security, Poverty Alleviation, Landscape Restoration and Climate Resilience

  • Walter Leal Filho
  • Josep de Trincheria Gomez

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
  2. Walter Leal Filho, Josep de Trincheria Gomez
    Pages 1-5
  3. General Approaches and Methods

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 7-7
    2. Josep de Trincheria Gomez, Desalegn Dawit, Sebastiao Famba, Walter Leal Filho, Maimbo Malesu, Paula Viola Mussera et al.
      Pages 9-36
    3. Matthijs Kool, Frank van Steenbergen, Abraham Mehari Haile, Yasir Mohamed Abbas, Eyasu Hagos
      Pages 77-94
    4. D. Snelder, F. Kahimba, O. Korodjouma, A. Abebe, E. Oughton, L. Bunclark et al.
      Pages 95-119
    5. Frank van Steenbergen, Kifle Woldearegay, Marta Agujetas Perez, Kebede Manjur, Mohammed Abdullah Al-Abyadh
      Pages 121-144
  4. Case Studies and Field Experiences

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 145-145
    2. Belay Simane, Taffa Tulu, Amare Lantideru, Desalegn Dawit
      Pages 147-158
    3. Menas Wuta, George Nyamadzawo, Blessing Nyamasoka, Rumbidzai Nyawasha, Grace Matayaya, Raymond Nazare et al.
      Pages 175-197
    4. Silke Stöber, Caroline Moraza, Lucas Zahl, Esther Kagai
      Pages 215-233
    5. John Gowing, Lisa Bunclark, Henry Mahoo, Frederick Kahimba
      Pages 303-321
    6. James W. Kisekka, Nasser Kinaalwa, Evelyne Busingye, Maarten Onneweer
      Pages 323-341
    7. Charles Kipkorir Songok, Paul Kimeu, James Kamunge, Raphael Ngumbi, Lotome Chammah, Christine Adiema et al.
      Pages 379-392

About this book


This book introduces state-of-the-art approaches, methods and research, focusing on smart management of rainwater. In addition, it provides an overview of projects from across the world, illustrating how rainwater-smart management has been implemented in drylands. Focusing on the scientific perspective it demonstrates how rural dryland agriculture can be improved. It also documents the wealth of rainwater-smart know-how available today, and replicates and transfers results to other countries and regions, to encourage cross-sector interactions among various stakeholders, such as practitioners from governmental and public organisations, policy- and decision-makers, and teaching staff from academic scientific institutions.

The contributors showcase vital lessons learned from research, field projects and best-practice examples. They address the integrated use of rainwater harvesting management with landscape restoration practices and water-, and climate-smart agriculture for food security and poverty alleviation in arid and semi-arid areas. Original research, combined with the contributors’ synthetic approach, lays a foundation for new concepts and ideas. Through case studies and research reports, the book discusses all the relevant issues necessary for the comprehensive analysis and successful implementation of the technologies in rainwater management.

Highlighting the working principles and technical recommendations with regard to cost-efficient rainwater-smart solutions, it is of interest to practitioners. It is also a valuable resource for academic specialists, professionals and students, since many development agencies are funding rainwater harvesting for irrigation purposes.


Rainwater harvesting Arid lands water management Rainwater for supplementary irrigation use of rainwater during dry seaons Dryland agriculture Food Security in drylands Dryland Landscape Restoration Dryland Climate Resilience Poverty Alleviation in Drylands

Editors and affiliations

  • Walter Leal Filho
    • 1
  • Josep de Trincheria Gomez
    • 2
  1. 1.Faculty of Life SciencesHamburg University of Applied Sciences Faculty of Life SciencesHamburgGermany
  2. 2.Faculty of Life SciencesHamburg University of Applied Sciences Faculty of Life SciencesHamburgGermany

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