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The ‘Majaluba’ rice production system: A rainwater harvesting ‘Bright Spot’ in Tanzania

Show simple item record Gowing, J Bunclark, L Mahoo, H Kahimba, F 2021-08-04T05:46:37Z 2021-08-04T05:46:37Z 2018
dc.identifier.isbn 978-3-319-66238-1
dc.description Journal article en_US
dc.description.abstract The rainwater harvesting technique under consideration here is an example of intermediate-scale external catchment runoff harvesting. The focus for discussion is on the ‘majaluba’ system which is found in Tanzania and comprises a network of roughly level basins each surrounded by an earth bund. Basins are arranged in the landscape in order to collect local runoff from stony outcrops and grazing lands in upslope areas with cattle tracks often used as conduits. The ‘majaluba’ system is used primarily for the production of rainfed lowland rice. It has spread through autonomous diffusion of knowledge from farmer to farmer since its introduction in the 1930s. The estimated extent of this system is around 600,000 ha which contributes 60% of total rice production in Tanzania. This is a remarkable, but little known, success story, and represents a water harvesting ‘bright spot,’ where sustainable intensification of smallholder agriculture has been achieved at scale. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject Agriculture en_US
dc.subject Sustainable intensification en_US
dc.subject Meso-catchment en_US
dc.subject Runoff harvesting en_US
dc.subject Technology adoption en_US
dc.title The ‘Majaluba’ rice production system: A rainwater harvesting ‘Bright Spot’ in Tanzania en_US
dc.type Article en_US
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