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Making the right choice: comparing your rural water technology options



In our quest to improve access to clean water, we engaged communities in Burkina Faso, Ghana, Mali, Niger and Senegal, to help them discuss which technologies would work best for them. There are four options to consider for rural West African areas: two types of borehole and two types of hand-dug well. We present the advantages and disadvantages of each option, to help communities make informed decisions about which hardware is most suitable for them. Designed for water sector practitioners who actively engage with communities, this document also provides clear and accessible diagrams to demonstrate the relevant technologies. Lists of pertinent questions provide facilitators with a basis to lead fruitful community-wide discussions.

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Agriculture in large-scale rice irrigation schemes needs to be made to work for both the state, in terms of economic returns and national food security, and for the smallholders whose livelihoods depend on it. When it comes to the development of new dams and large-scale irrigation, more information is needed about their economic viability and how the water, land, and economic benefits can be shared equitably to support local development.

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