Review on Rainwater Harvesting and Soil Water Conservation Techniques for Crop Production in Semi-Arid Areas

L.F. Joseph, L.D. van Rensburg and J.J. Botha
ARC-Institute for Soil, Climate and Water, Glen, South Africa, and others

Series: Environmental Science, Engineering and Technology
BISAC: SCI026000

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Special issue: Resilience in breaking the cycle of children’s environmental health disparities
Edited by I Leslie Rubin, Robert J Geller, Abby Mutic, Benjamin A Gitterman, Nathan Mutic, Wayne Garfinkel, Claire D Coles, Kurt Martinuzzi, and Joav Merrick

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This book presents a new rainwater harvesting technique called in-field rainwater harvesting (IRWH). The technique stems from micro-catchment rainwater harvesting techniques and is applied on mainly clayey and duplex soils in semi-arid climate zones. Research over the last decade on the soil water balance, crop yields and water use efficiencies as well as the application on farmers’ fields is discussed. This book concludes that resource-poor farmers with similar natural resources can benefit immensely by applying the IRWH technique. (Imprint: Novinka)

ABSTRACT

1. INTRODUCTION

2. NATURE AND ROLE OF RAINWATER HARVESTING TECHNIQUES

3. MICRO-CATCHMENT RAINWATER HARVESTING TECHNIQUES

4. IN-FIELD RAINWATER HARVESTING (IRWH)

5. GUIDELINES FOR APPLICATION OF MICRO-WATER HARVESTING TECHNIQUES

6. TECHNICAL EVALUATION OF WATER HARVESTING TECHNIQUES (CASE STUDIES)

7. AGRONOMIC PRODUCTIVITY

8. SUMMARY

9. REFERENCES

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