Indian Farmers Using Traditional Canal Irrigation to Bring Water

Ask the farmers in remote Baksa district, in the northeast Indian state of Assam, whether they are affected by climate change and they usually respond with a look of surprise.

Across much of India, farmers are struggling to adapt as their crops fail season after season as a result of increasingly unpredictable and often dry weather.

But in Baksa, along Assam's border with Bhutan, farmers have never seen their harvest ruined by drought or delayed rainfall, despite having no access to irrigation pipes or water pumps.

Their secret is a 100-year-old indigenous irrigation system called dong bandh - a network of canals that uses the downhill flow of the area's rivers and streams to bring water to villagers and their fields.

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Alexandra MacKenzie

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