Design Parameters, Criteria and Operation Guidelines of Controlled Drainage and Sub-Irrigation for Dambo Smallholder Farmers’ Water User Groups

This study is establishing recommendations for spacing, depth and layout of controlled drainage and sub-irrigation that could be practiced in dambos of Central Malawi by smallholder famers’ water user groups. To achieve this, soil physical and chemical properties and field investigations on hydraulic conductivity and topography have been accomplished for four dambos within central region. This will be used as input parameters for deriving the design and operation guidelines.
Cette étude établit les recommandations pour l’espacement, la profondeur et la disposition du drainage contrôlé et de l’irrigation souterraine qui peuvent être pratiqués dans les dambos du centre du Malawi par des groupes des usagers de l’eau, formés de petits agriculteurs. Pour atteindre cet objectif, les propriétés physiques et chimiques du sol et des enquêtes de terrain sur la conductivité hydraulique et la topographie ont été accomplies pour quatre dambos dans la région centrale. Ceci sera utilisé comme paramètres d’entrée pour tirer les lignes directrices de conception et d’exploitation.
Extended abstracts submitted under Integrated Crop Management
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The 2012 RUFORUM Biennial Conference is the third in the series. The main objective of the Biennial conferences is to provide a platform for agricultural research for development stakeholders in Africa and beyond to actively exchange findings and experiences, while at the same time learning lessons towards improving performance of the agricultural sector and ultimately people’s livelihoods. The biennial conference is RUFORUM’s most comprehensive meeting for the diversity of stakeholers in agriculture. It is especially dedicated to graduate students and their supervisors, grantees in RUFORUM member universities and alumni. It is a platform for peer review, quality control, mentorship, networking and shared learning. The third Biennial Conference was attended by 657 participants.This record contains an extended abstract accepted under the theme of Integrated Crop Management