WWW 2013

Title: Smallholder Agriculture + Water = Solutions to Rural Poverty & Hunger
Event type: Seminar
Date: 2012-08-26
Time: 14:00 - 17:30
Convenor: International Water Management Institute (IWMI)
Co-convenor: Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO), Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI), International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and International Development Enterprises (IDE)
Room: K11

Event Description
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.

Key Messages:

  • 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

14:00 Presentations/Videos:

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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