Adaptation of integrated irrigation system to mitigate climate change with respect to gender-sensitive

Meseret Dawit, Megersa Olumana Dinka

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Water shortage due to climate change is becoming a global concern. Consequently, improved irrigation technology resulted in water-saving and reduced workload of women’s workload by ensuring investment returns. This study aims at investigating the effects of the adoption of drip irrigation combined with hand-dug wells on crop water productivity and crop yield of smallholder farmers and their perception of the scheme over two cropping seasons at Haramaya districts, Ethiopia. It was observed that the integrated irrigation system was an efficient and cost-effective method to improve crop productivity. Consequently, the drip irrigation system with water supply from hand-dug wells is recommended as a flexible system that can accommodate various farm sizes and is particularly suitable for adaption by smallholders. Nearly 40% of the farmers were women that contributed to the easy adoption of the technologies. Therefore, capacity building needs to be prioritized for interventions that aim to enhance food self-sufficiency and improve livelihood of smallholder’s farmers mentioned in such a devastating environmental-climate dynamic.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)55-64
Number of pages10
JournalAgricultural Engineering International: CIGR Journal
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2021


  • Climate change mitigation and adaptation
  • Crop yield
  • Gender-sensitive
  • Integrated drip irrigation
  • Water efficiency
  • Water use

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Automotive Engineering
  • Agronomy and Crop Science
  • Energy (miscellaneous)
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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