Information for G04252
Case study on Multiple Water Use Systems in Ghana
Multiple Water Use Systems, as the name implies, makes the assumption that water is required for multiple purposes, thereby sidestepping the conventional tension between domestic water supplies and water for irrigation.
GWI Ghana revisited 3 beneficiary communities 3 years after Multiple Water Use Systems were installed. This case study looks at how communities are using water to grow market garden produce. We observe that being sensitive to the needs of women is fundamental to the success of such projects.
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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