Wastewater is increasingly used in irrigation for urban and peri-urban agriculture, and even in distant rural areas downstream from cities. It drives significant economic activity and supports a great many livelihoods, particularly those of small-scale farmers.

But the use of wastewater in farming can also pose serious threats to human health and the environment. The challenge is to identify practical, affordable safeguards that do not compromise the economic benefits to smallholders or reduce the important role wastewater plays in contributing to household food security and supplying low-cost produce to growing cities in countries of the South.

By examining the uses of wastewater in a number of countries, including Ghana, Kenya and Senegal, the authors seek to highlight the pros and cons of the resource and ways of improving its management. Results from the case studies shed light on prospects for devising workable solutions that could be applied in other settings.

Wastewater Use in Irrigated Agriculture: Confronting the Livelihood and Environmental Realities

Edited by C Scott, N Faruqui & L Raschid-Sally
CABI, 2008. 208 pp.
ISBN 978-1-845-934-514
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