Living land - Episode 5: Rainwater management in the Limpopo River Basin

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

In this episode Living Land investigates rainwater management in the Limpopo River Basin as a means to mitigate some of the vagaries of dry weather, which is exacerbated by climate change. About 14 million people live in the Limpopo River basin, and many depend on rain-fed agriculture for their livelihoods. However, the basin's climate is highly variable, making farming difficult. We visited the Limpopo provincial Department of Agriculture in Polokwane as well as various smallholder farms to find out how farmers are being helped to find sustainable ways to ensure profitable agricultural production and sustainable rural development. The demands on water resources are further complicated by trans-boundary water systems where four countries regulate, compete for, and depend on the same shared water supply. Fortunately, these countries are committed to improve shared management of water resources.