Secure access by rural poor people to water is central to the achievement ofthe Millennium Development Goals, inparticular the target of reducing by halfthe proportion of people living inextreme poverty and hunger by 2015.Most of these people depend onagriculture for their livelihoods. In mostdeveloping countries, agriculture usesmore than 80 per cent of mobilizedwater resources. But more thanhalf the water diverted for agriculturedoes not contribute directly tofood production as intended.
With an increasing number ofcountries facing severe watershortages, efficient use of water byagriculture to reduce poverty andhunger is a significant issue. Join thisinteresting debate and attend the manysessions on this theme to learn about:
- different agricultural solutions towater scarcity challenges
- how technology is helpingsmallholder farmers to bettermanage water resources
- diverse rain harvesting methods
Integrated rainwater harvesting systems, every drop counts! (45)
Harvested rainwater can be used for drinking, small-scale irrigation and for sanitation purposes. Rainwater harvesting can also feed biogas systems, preventing deforestation. This session will show the benefits of innovative rainwater harvesting methods and how organizations can collaborate to ensure sustainability in rural areas of developing countries. The focus will be on examples from water-scarce areas of rural Nepal.