Expanding to the River

Currently, farmers at Chifuchambewa in Salima rely on wellsprings to supply irrigation water. The wells produce a fixed amount of water per day, which limits the acreage that can be irrigated. However, the men in this photo are making plans to use the Lipimbi river for irrigation for the first time this year

In the dry season, the river clears up and the volume reduces to a modest flow rate. The challenge these farmers face is how to lift the water 6 to 10 meters up the steep banks.