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Groundwater Could Invigorate Africa's Agriculture

Kuru Magersa gives the starter cable on her small irrigation pump a hefty tug and it roars into life. Within a few seconds water from her new well is flowing onto her fields. Her vegetable plot near Ziway in Ethiopia is a splash of green in a dusty dry landscape.

“I now sell cabbages every two weeks,” she says. “It covers all our expenses including the children’s school fees.”

Magersa’s prospects are being transformed by groundwater - the subsurface water store that has the potential to revolutionize African agriculture.

Arne Hoel/World Bank

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