Only 6% of Africa’s farmlands is irrigated; changing it will massively impact the entire continent

Most African farmers rely on rainwater, often irregular and rarely sufficient, or on existing water sources (many in the form of rainwater pools) often containing polluted water, which may cause serious damage to the field and crops, and later on to those consuming the crops.

The effect of irrigation systems on the crop has been dramatic and known for many years. Thus, the absence of irrigation systems in 94 per cent of agricultural lands (96 per cent in Sub-Saharan Africa) is the main reason why the sector’s productivity is considered to be the lowest in the world.

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