It doesn’t seem to matter where we live – there are times when we don’t get enough rain.
Many farmers and home gardeners are experiencing the worst droughts in living memory. In parts of the world, droughts threaten lives as well as livelihoods.
Wouldn’t it be wonderful to drought-proof our farms and gardens?
To get rain measured in our rain gauges – infiltrating soil – rather than running off. To keep our soil moist well into the dry.
What’s the best thing we can do?
Mulch? Grow drought-tolerant plants? Irrigation? Landscaping?
They all help, BUT the most effective thing to do is to use ecological techniques to increase the amount of water infiltrating and stored in your soil.
Ecological techniques use ‘points of leverage’ in your water cycle as the key places to intervene and increase water infiltration and storage in soil. They are cost-effective, improve soil, productivity, and create new income earning opportunities for farmers.
“Sustainable intensification requires smarter, precision technologies for irrigation, and farming practices that use ecosystem approaches to conserve water” Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations.
Ask “what’s the best thing I can do” and this Handbook will help you do it.
 A policymaker’s guide to the sustainable intensification of smallholder crop production (FAO, 2011)