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Soil-cement tanks and drip irrigation: Enhancing water storage and its efficient use for smallholder farmers

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Water scarcity coupled with growing youth outmigration has led to increasing agricultural land abandonment and falling productivity. Climate change has further exacerbated the water scarcity problem. Of the different water management technologies available, soil-cement tanks and drip irrigation are popular among smallholder farmers because they are simple, affordable, eco-friendly, and durable. A soil-cement tank is a semi-permanent structure used to store residual tap water, rain water, and spring water. It can be used in combination with a drip irrigation system to produce seasonal and offseason vegetables through efficient water use during the dry season. ICIMOD has piloted these water-efficient technologies and practices in Kavre, Dadeldhura, and Rasuwa districts of Nepal.

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  • Publisher Name:
    International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD)
  • Publisher Place:
    Kathmandu, Nepal