ANU-led research revolutionising farming in Africa

New research led by scientists at The Australian National University (ANU) in partnership with CSIRO and African based organizations, could change the way small scale irrigation systems are run in developing nations like Zimbabwe.

The project, supported by the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) is all about enabling farmers to take control of how they manage their own land.

It has led to better crop results, a reduction in water usage and less conflict between neighbouring farmers – even providing a route out of poverty for some small scale farmers.

The key aspects of the program include introducing new ways of measuring soil moisture and nutrient levels, resulting in farmers working more collaboratively to determine their own irrigation needs.

These changes in practises were designed and implemented by the farmers themselves.

With further support from ACIAR, researchers are now looking at how to implement their findings beyond individual irrigation schemes, to help more locals across Mozambique, Tanzania and Zimbabwe.

International partner Dr André F van Rooyen will present findings from his research at the ANU Fenner School of Environment & Society on Wednesday 30 January.

Members from the media are invited to attend, and speak with Dr van Rooyen.

WHO: André F. van Rooyen - Principal Scientist, The International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT).

WHAT: Increasing irrigation water productivity in Mozambique, Tanzania and Zimbabwe through on-farm monitoring, adaptive management and agricultural innovation platforms (AIPs)

WHERE: Frank Fenner Building, 141 Linnaeus Way, ANU

WHEN: 11 – 12pm, Wednesday 30 January

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