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Report, 2023

Rainfed systems intensification and scaling of water and soil management : Four case studies of development in family farming

Barron, Jennie (ed.); Tengberg, Anna (ed.)


Food systems need to become more productive and nutritious for a growing global population, whilst being environmentally sound, and withstanding climate change. Rainfed agriculture is therefore a critical production system that holds large potential to sustainably intensify globally and locally, but often lacking attention and investments.

This report provides evidence of action in rainfed agricultural systems for four case studies of scaling best practises in small and medium size farming in India, Central America, Ethiopia and Brazil. The aim is to provide knowledge for future investments and scaling of sustainable intensification in rainfed production that holds evidence on both yield and income gains, whilst improving field to landscape ecosystem services.

The cases present the initial issues, the actions and practises promoted onfarm, outlining the investment sources and actors involved, over period of 10-30 years to show impact to scale.


Adoption soil; Climate resilience; Farming systems; Landscape; Rainfed agriculture; Scaling agricultural development; Soil and water management; Sustainable intensification; Water management; Water scarcity

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ISBN: 978-91-8046-892-3, eISBN: 978-91-8046-893-0
Publisher: Department of Soil and Environment, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

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    Soil Science
    Agricultural Science

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