Farming a drier land

2016 was the hottest year since humans began keeping detailed records. So was 2015 and 2014, making three record years in a row for global average surface temperatures.

Here in Southern Africa we have witnessed dams drying up, rivers no longer making it to the sea, crippling water restrictions and failed harvests. Farmers have been forced to cull flocks and write off hectares of previously productive land.

The bad news is that this is the new normal – even with massive reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, many scientists believe we have passed the point of no return. Add to this a projected world population of 11.2 billion in 2100, and it is clear that farmers are going to have to adapt to a hotter, drier land.

The good news is that with the Internet, we have a powerful tool to share information and research, we have access to indigenous peoples knowledge from drylands around the world as well as the latest technologies and techniques for maximising every single drop of water.

“Farming a drier land” is a resource base for farmers around the world where we investigate the latest research in water efficiency practices, species selection, tools and equipment, landscape design, earthworks and permaculture techniques.

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