food security

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Rooftop water collection, drip irrigation and plastic mulching in home garden conditions in drought prone areas of Cambodia

In Cambodia, drought can have different impacts: delay of rainfall onset in early wet season, erratic variations of rainfall onset, early ending of rains during wet season, and longer dry spell in July and August. This technology describes three different technologies and analyses the costs and benefits of their combined application: rooftop water harvesting, drip irrigation and plastic mulching in home garden conditions. As a result of the combined application of those good practices (GPOs), the resistance against drought is increased and a second cropping period is possible. The GPOs have been tested and validated in 19 Farms in the Kampong Speu (3) and Oddar Meanchey (16) Provinces in Cambodia.

Diversifying cropping patterns in drought prone areas in Bangladesh

Due to the natural climatic conditions in northwestern Bangladesh small-holder farming systems are always exposed to the risk of recurrent droughts. Critical reductions in crop yields occur regularly due to inadequate rainfall. In recent years, however, increasing climate variability has caused even more serious and frequent drought spells, which influence agricultural systems in all stages of growth and consequently the crop yields. The livelihoods of two thirds of the population depending on agriculture and allied sectors are increasingly endangered. Diversification and adjustment of cropping patterns are a way to reduce losses, thus mitigating the impact of droughts on the lives of the rural poor.