Africa’s Groundwater: Perfect for Small-Scale Development in Many Areas

A recent publication in Environmental Research Letters indicates that while high-yielding aquifers are rare outside of North Africa, potential for small-scale irrigation is considerable in many areas:
“The potential for intermediate boreholes yields of 0.5–5 l s−1, which could be suitable for small scale household and community irrigation, or multiple use water supply systems, is much higher, but will again require effective hydrogeological investigation and borehole siting.”

The ubiquitous hand pump fails to release this potential for Africa’s development. I am writing about this now, and hope to submit a piece to the Global Water Forum by the end of the month.

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