A growing number of smallholder farmers take water management into their own hands. This development is often overlooked, yet it increasingly contributes to food security, rural incomes, health and nutrition. This session draws on experiences from sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia, and aims to highlight the importance of this on-going, farmer-driven trend; its potential; and the investment opportunities to support this thriving sector.
The session will offer:
- New Insights on and business models for smallholder water management to:
- Secure staple crop production in the face of climate change.
- Supplement incomes to enable farmers to purchase food when crops fail.
- Diversify diets for food and nutritional security.
- Country and regional tools to understand the potential and target and prioritise investments.
- Donor perspectives on how smallholder water management initiatives support broader food security goals.
- Smallholder water management:
- Is an important contributor to rural livelihoods.
- Is farmer-driven.
- Has large potential.
- Has implications for the way water is managed.
- Poses environmental and equity risks if spread unchecked.
Targeted investments can help address these constraints and enhance the sector's potential.
New Perspectives on Water Management for Smallholder Farmers: Key Findings of the AgWater Solutions Project
14:45 Questions and Feedback
15:15 Coffee Break
Country Perspectives: Achieving Policy Change by Linking Research with Decision Making
15:45 Examples from:
- Ghana: Food, Water, Energy Nexus.
Mr. Ben Nyamadi, Ghana Irrigation Development Authority
- Tanzania: Government Investment in Smallholder Irrigation.
Eng. Mbogo Futukamba, Ministry of Agriculture, Food Security and Cooperatives and Prof. Nuhu Hatibu, Kilimo Trust
- India: Policy Changes in Groundwater Management in West Bengal and other Examples.
Mr. Vijay Shankar, Samaji Pragati Sahayog
16:15 Questions & Answers Investment Opportunities in Food Security
16:45 Business Models, National & Regional Assessments.
Dr. Jean-Marc Faures, FAO
Round Table with Development Banks (WB, ADB, AfDB), UN Agencies (IFAD, WFP), NGO and Private sector.
17:10 Questions & Answers
17:30 Close of Seminar
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