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Irrigation in the Desert

Local farmers Pehlaj (left) and Magha Ram hoe weeds under a hot desert sun in the Umarkot District of southeast Pakistan. The field of organically grown onions is irrigated through a reservoir that was created with the help of Catholic Relief Services. Before the reservoir was established, water came to this dry district only every 21 days through a regional canal system. Farmers like Magha Ram and Pehlaj would have to rush to flood their fields. Now they can bring water to crops at the right time and in the right amounts.
Photo by Joe Lapp for CRS.

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