Water is critical to all human activities, but access to this crucial resource is increasingly limited by competition and
the effects of climate change. In agriculture, water management is key to ensuring good and sustained crop yields, maintaining
soil health, and safeguarding the long-term viability of the land. Water management is especially challenging on smallholder
farms in resource-poor areas, which tend to be primarily rainfed and thus highly dependent on unreliable rainfall patterns.
Sustainable practices can help farmers promote the development of soils, plants and field surfaces to allow maximum retention
of water between rains, and encourage the efficient use of each drop of water applied as irrigation. Using simplified concepts
and easy-to-understand language, this book: - outlines the theoretical underpinnings of sustainable water management in agriculture,
-introduces a range of beneficial practices, including the enhancement of soil water retention, water loss reduction, rainwater
harvesting, conservation agriculture, and small-scale irrigation -provides schematic diagrams, and resources for further reading
to help readers put theory into practice Especially useful for farmers' groups, agricultural extension workers, NGOs, students
and researchers working with farmers in dryland areas, this comprehensive yet concise book is a practical and accessible resource
for anyone interested in sustainable water management.