Initially linked to hi-tech irrigated agriculture, drip irrigation is now getting used by way of a much broader diversity of farmers in rising and constructing nations. This ebook records the passion, unfold and use of drip irrigation structures by way of smallholders but additionally a few disappointments and disillusion confronted within the worldwide South. It explores and explains less than which stipulations it really works, for whom and with what results. The publication offers with drip irrigation 'behind the scenes', showcasing what mostly stay 'untold stories'.
Most learn on drip irrigation use plot-level reports to illustrate the technology’s skill to avoid wasting water or increase efficiencies and use a slim and particularly prescriptive engineering or financial language. they generally tend to be grounded in a company trust within the know-how and concentrate on the id of how to enhance or higher become aware of its strength. The expertise additionally figures prominently in poverty relief or agricultural modernization narratives, figuring as a device to assist smallholders develop into extra leading edge, entrepreneurial and company minded. rather than concentrating on its strength, this ebook appears to be like at drip irrigation-in-use, making feel of what it does from the views of the farmers who use it, and of the advance staff and firms, policymakers, deepest businesses, neighborhood craftsmen, engineers, extension brokers or researchers who interact with it for a variety of purposes and to achieve a multiplicity of ambitions. whereas anchored in a legitimate engineering figuring out of the layout and working ideas of the know-how, the ebook extends the research past engineering and hydraulics to appreciate drip irrigation as a sociotechnical phenomenon that not just alterations the way in which water is equipped to plants but in addition transforms agricultural farming structures or even how society is prepared. The ebook offers box proof from a range of interdisciplinary case experiences in sub-Saharan Africa, the Mediterranean, Latin the USA, and South Asia, therefore revealing many of the untold tales of drip irrigation.