This Training Manual summarizes the methods of developing ground water resources for irrigation and the use of pumps. It presents the planning, design, development, operations and maintenance of ground water and pumps, and the major factors considered. The Manual is meant to improve the skills of engineers, technicians, extension workers, managers and practitioners of irrigated agriculture, especially those working in smallholder irrigation in Africa. More specifically, the manual equips the reader with knowledge on how to (i) identify appropriate ground water resources and their development for irrigation, (ii) select a suitable pump and plan appropriate pumping mechanisms for irrigation, and (iii) plan and design pumped irrigation systems. This Manual is meant to inform, educate, enhance knowledge and practice targeting smallholder irrigation in the NEL region. The information contained here is not exhaustive and readers are encouraged to seek further
information from references cited in this publication and elsewhere.