Filtered by: Irrigation <Back to previous page Bamboo water pipesBamboo has many uses in our homes, such as for poles, gutters, furniture and mats. Yet not many farmers cultivate it and usually it just grows wild. Bamboo can also be used to make excellent low-cost water pipes. Fresh vegetables in the desertby Loiboku Jeremy Growing vegetables when there is little waterGrowing vegetables in dry conditions – in areas of low rainfall or during the dry season – can present problems. Because of this, local production is usually low and the market value is high. Try vegetables such as tomatoes, kale, onions, and suitable local crops. Here are some tips for growing vegetables when water is scarce. The diagrams show all the different stages. Lowcost rainwater harvestingby Dai Rees. The Development Technology Unit of Warwick University aims to research and promote technologies appropriate for practical use in the Third World. The Unit has recently developed three small jars (between 500 and 750 litres) for rainwater storage. Their aim was to develop a number of safe, low-cost alternatives for rainwater storage. Technology for Garden Irrigationby Robert Lambert. Lifting and carrying water in buckets or cans to irrigate crops is very hard work and can take a lot of time. In Zimbabwe, some families spend up to 200 hours per month on this exhausting job. This can mean three to four hours every day for two or three people in the family. The only alternative presently available is a diesel or petrol pump - out of reach of most small farmers because of the high cost, the problems in obtaining fuel and spare parts and the ... Working with children in agricultureMany of the ideas which Richard Franceys has suggested for involving children in improving water supplies and sanitation, could also be adapted to be used with agricultural work. Working with children in water supply and sanitation improvementsBy Richard Franceys. The provision of clean water for drinking, and the safe disposal of human waste, are vital for human health. The Director-General of the World Health Organisation has said that the number of water taps per 1,000 persons is a better indication of health in a country than the number of hospital beds.