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Small pumps and the poor: a field survey in the Upper East Region of Ghana


  • Saa Dittoh
  • Joseph A. Awuni
  • Margaret A. Akuriba


Despite public-sector attempts at developing irrigation, most smallholder farmers in Northern Ghana still rely on manual methods to irrigate dry-season vegetables on small acreages. A field survey was carried out to ascertain the potential of motorized pumps in irrigated agriculture in the region. The findings indicate that use of pumps is far more beneficial than other irrigation methods, and rainfed farming in general, and irrigators generally regard their pumps as "saviours". The major problem for the majority of farmers is the lack of financial means to purchase the pumps.

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  • Saa Dittoh & Joseph A. Awuni & Margaret A. Akuriba, 2013. "Small pumps and the poor: a field survey in the Upper East Region of Ghana," Water International, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 38(4), pages 449-464, July.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:rwinxx:v:38:y:2013:i:4:p:449-464
    DOI: 10.1080/02508060.2013.819454

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    1. Lydia Kwoyiga & Catalin Stefan, 2019. "Institutional Feasibility of Managed Aquifer Recharge in Northeast Ghana," Sustainability, MDPI, vol. 11(2), pages 1-16, January.
    2. Merrey, D. J. & Lefore, Nicole, 2018. "Improving the availability and effectiveness of rural and “Micro” finance for small-scale irrigation in Sub-Saharan Africa: a review of lessons learned," IWMI Working Papers H049027, International Water Management Institute.
    3. Walker, D. & Parkin, G. & Gowing, J. & Haile, Alemseged Tamiru, 2019. "Development of a hydrogeological conceptual model for shallow aquifers in the data scarce Upper Blue Nile Basin," Papers published in Journals (Open Access), International Water Management Institute, pages 6(2):1-24..
    4. Akuriba, Margaret Atosina & Haagsma, Rein & Heerink, Nico & Dittoh, Saa, 2020. "Assessing governance of irrigation systems: A view from below," World Development Perspectives, Elsevier, vol. 19(C).

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