Shallow Wells: An untapped resource to improve agricultural productivity in Southern Mali uri icon


  • A major constraint to agricultural productivity is the amount of rainfall and its intra and inter-annual variability. The rainy season is short and varies in length, with the number of rainy days varying from year to year. High evaporation losses (up to 50% of annual rainfall) results in soil water shortage during the growing season, when rains are erratic. Hence water scarcity is rampant heightening the risk of agricultural productivity. Farmers have little control over the environment and they mostly can neither irrigate nor drain excess water. As an effort to improve agricultural productivity through water availability in different seasons, a study was conducted to understand the recharging capacity of shallow wells in different seasons in southern Mali

publication date

  • 2015