The 'Majaluba' rice production system: A rainwater harvesting 'Bright Spot' in Tanzania

John Gowing, Lisa Bunclark, Henry Mahoo, Frederick Kahimba

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The rainwater harvesting technique under consideration here is an example of intermediate-scale external catchment runoff harvesting. The focus for discussion is on the 'majaluba' system which is found in Tanzania and comprises a network of roughly level basins each surrounded by an earth bund. Basins are arranged in the landscape in order to collect local runoff from stony outcrops and grazing lands in upslope areas with cattle tracks often used as conduits. The 'majaluba' system is used primarily for the production of rainfed lowland rice. It has spread through autonomous diffusion of knowledge from farmer to farmer since its introduction in the 1930s. The estimated extent of this system is around 600,000 ha which contributes 60% of total rice production in Tanzania. This is a remarkable, but little known, success story, and represents a water harvesting 'bright spot,' where sustainable intensification of smallholder agriculture has been achieved at scale.

Idioma originalInglés
Título de la publicación alojadaRainwater-Smart Agriculture in Arid and Semi-Arid Areas
Subtítulo de la publicación alojadaFostering the Use of Rainwater for Food Security, Poverty Alleviation, Landscape Restoration and Climate Resilience
EditorialSpringer International Publishing
Número de páginas19
ISBN (versión digital)9783319662398
ISBN (versión impresa)9783319662381
EstadoPublicada - 28 dic. 2017
Publicado de forma externa


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