Current expansion and past dynamics of small-holder irrigation farming in
African dry-lands – measuring landscape, labour and climate interactions

Project leader

Funding source

Sida - Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency

Project Details

Start date: 01/01/2010
End date: 31/12/2012


As farmers irrigate and cultivate new lands they also actively change the properties of soils and interact with slope processes and ecosystems. This project builds on the hypothesis that such farming practices can have positive effects on landscape productivity. The project is aimed at generating in-depth knowledge, at the scale of field-systems, about anthropogenic soil formation, social-ecological, and climatic dynamics underlying processes of growth (and decline) of small-holder irrigation farming in African dry-lands. It is based on an interdisciplinary methodological program, centred on one PhD-project in Human Geography, but also including researchers from Sweden (Department of Physical Geography and Quaternary Geology, Stockholm University), Tanzania, Kenya and the UK. The aim is to address questions related to current development targets such as reduction of rural poverty, adaptation to climatic change and enhanced resilience and productivity of African smallholder farming. Documenting the impact of slow, or incremental, processes on farming systems is a specific focus of the project. The field work areas are located in Tanzania and Kenya.

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