Rainwater management for the rural poor
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Theib Oweis. (26/6/2006). Rainwater management for the rural poor. Rome, Italy.
About 80% of the world agricultural land is rainfed producing over 60 % of the world food. NENA region is not and exception where most of the poor live in rural rainfed areas. This presentation focuses on two agro ecosystems within rainfed areas of NENA region: 1". the favorite rainfed systems in basically semi arid areas where direct rainwater support economic crop production but suboptimal amounts, distribution and management pause constraints to improved and stabilized production and livelihoods; and 2"d. the rainfed marginal rangelands where direct rainwater is too low to support sustainable economic rangeland-livestock agricultural systems and historic mismanagement caused continuous degradation and declining livelihoods.