Farmers at Ruti irrigation scheme, Gutu District, Masvingo Province (from left to right: Elastos Manyanga, Katinos Mudadi, Davison Chara, and Ipaishe Masvingise). Photo: Martin Walsh/Oxfam, December 2013

Love in the drylands, how irrigation is changing lives in Zimbabwe

Climate Change, Debating Drought, Food security, General 0 Comments

Climate change is placing increasing stress upon the livelihoods of people living in the world’s drylands. Smallholder irrigation can help improve food security in areas with unpredictable rainfall. Here Senior Researcher Martin Walsh discusses the findings from an evaluation of an Oxfam-supported irrigation scheme in Zimbabwe. Reports about irrigation schemes are typically quite dry compendia of facts and figures about intakes …

The carcass of a camel near an IDP camp, Fadigaab in Garadag District in Northern Somalia. Because of the drought, the few water points around the village are drying up. Credit: Petterik Wiggers/Oxfam

Drought and water scarcity

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Climate Change, Debating Drought 0 Comments

Sally Rangecroft, from the University of Birmingham University, and Niko Wanders, from Princeton and Utrecht University, explore the interconnected relationship between drought and water scarcity. Droughts have been very much in the news recently, notably the lengthy drought in California and the impacts of El Niño on Southern Africa and the Horn and Eastern Africa. An extended drought is currently …

A water filter in Zambia.

A harvest of dysfunction: Causes and impacts of drought in South Africa

Climate Change, Debating Drought, General, Natural Resources, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) 0 Comments

John Magrath introduces the report, A Harvest of Dysfunction: rethinking the approach to drought, its causes and impacts in South Africa. “Interventions to assist poor people affected by drought must start with how drought itself is defined and understood” – so says Sipho Mthathi, Executive Director of Oxfam South Africa  in her introduction to a new report that challenges the …