Rainwater Harvesting for Agriculture in the Dry Areas

1st Edition

Theib Y. Oweis, Dieter Prinz, Ahmed Y. Hachum

CRC Press
Published May 21, 2012
Reference - 266 Pages
ISBN 9780415621144 - CAT# K14844

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  • Addresses one of the hot topics at the global level, that of water shortages. There is a global political emphasis on using water harvesting in rain-fed as well as other ecosystems to cope with water scarcity and climate change, to combat desertification and restorate degraded ecosystems. The World Water Council, the FAO and other UN agencies and governments have emphasized its importance over the last few years.
  • Unlike all other publications on the market that address one or more narrow aspects of the subject, all aspects of water harvesting are covered, from hydrology and technical aspects to socioeconomic and policy dimensions and practical implementation in the field.
  • Combines theoretical and practical aspects of water harvesting with case studies.
  • Includes many new photos and figures that are published for the first time.
  • Of great interest to a global spectrum of people, ranging from students and professionals in the field to individuals faced with the very issues discussed in the book.


Dry areas suffer not only from limited rainfall but also ‘natural leakage’—90% of rainwater is lost directly or indirectly, and is unavailable for agriculture or domestic use. Water harvesting is a low-cost, easy-to-use, environmentally-friendly way to recover a large part of this lost water.

How does water harvesting work? Which sites or areas are best suited and how can these areas be identified? How to design, build and maintain a water harvesting system tailored to local needs? How can water harvesting contribute to combating land degradation, enhancing food security and adapting to climate change? This book provides the answers.

The book is based on many years of research, training and development by three of the world’s leading experts in water management and agriculture. It is authoritative, comprehensive, and easy to read, containing practical examples, many illustrations and little jargon. This volume will be of great interest to researchers, development workers, farmers, policymakers, students of the natural sciences—in fact, anyone interested in efficient, sustainable management of water resources and agriculture.


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