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
Smallholders access to water - toward a range of agricultural water solutions (6)
More and better investments are needed in agricultural water management. This session will highlight promising agricultural water management solutions based on projects undertaken in various countries in Africa and Asia. Topics will include small dams and water harvesting and access to water lifting through individual pumps. Summaries of these innovations will be introduced to stimulate contributions from participants. The goal is to understand what leads to successful development of all forms of private agricultural water management and improved efficiency and performance.