Coping with rainfall variability: Dryspell mitigation and implication on landscape water balances in smallscale farming systems in semi-arid Niger

Author(s): Barron, J., Enfors, E., Cambridge, H., Adamou, M.
In: Int. J. Water Res Dev
Year: 2010
Type: Journal / article
Theme affiliation: Landscapes
Link to centre authors: Enfors, Elin
Full reference: Barron, J., Enfors, E., Cambridge, H., Adamou, M. 2010. Coping with rainfall variability:- Dryspell mitigation and implication on landscape water balances in smallscale farming systems in semi-arid Niger. Int. J. Water Res Dev 26:523-542

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