Freshwater Archive

  • (R) Sean Sprague Still Pictures

    Irrigation: Farmers’ ingenuity By Fred Pearce

    Where water is short, many farmers are trying to use water more efficiently. Most irrigation schemes are hugely wasteful: often only a third of the water poured on to fields...

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    Irrigation: Transforming lives By Fred Pearce

    Hundreds of pumps were lined up on one short stretch of bank on the Hadejia River in northern Nigeria. Chugging away noisily in the sun, the diesel-powered motors were sucking...

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    Irrigation: Secret revolution By Fred Pearce

    ‘Cheap pumps are transforming farming and boosting income all over Africa and Asia,’ says Meredith Giordano of the International Water Management Institute (IWMI), based in Sri Lanka, who’s just finished...

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    Irrigation: Small solutions, big results By Fred Pearce

    Water is what limits the productivity of many of the world’s farms. But in many places, rains are scarce and unpredictable. Moreover, modern high-yielding crop varieties often need more water...

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  • (r) D. Endresen M. Liaw CC BY NC 2.0

    Plants for a thirsty planet

    Clearly humanity needs to find a sustainable way to feed itself. To that end, plant breeders are hurrying  to develop crops that use water efficiently while maintaining healthy yields. Some...

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  • (r) Jemima Griffiths

    The dry garden

    Want a garden but have little rainfall? Here are a few tips to help your plants, wherever your garden grows! • Before you plant, dig organic matter into your soil...

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  • D. Harms Wildlife Specialist Stock

    Did you know…?

    Team work When there’s not much water in the soil, roots partner up with microbes, such as bacteria, that help the plant photosynthesize and grow more efficiently. Scientists understand well...

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  • J. Giustina Wildlife Specialist Stock

    Did you know…?

    Dry rice Rice fields don’t need to be submerged in water in order to thrive. Using an alternative wetting and drying technique for rice, farmers insert bamboo tubes into the...

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  • R. Giling Lineair Still Pictures

    More food, less water

    Drought has always been with us – civilization has long had to contend with lengthy periods of lack of rainfall. But as Earth’s climate changes, scientists are worrying about droughts becoming...

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  • (r) Muhammad Asri Bin Yacob

    Youth around the world 8

    My mother sometimes forgetting to turn off the tap gave me an idea for a community water conservation project. Singapore’s water resources are scarce, so we are always looking for...

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