Water is perceived to be a women’s business but the business of water lacks women, said Sonomi Tanaka of ADB at a recent conference on Women in Water Leadership.
Unlike transportation, medicine, and even dam-building — all of which have experienced game-changing technological innovations during the past half century — canal irrigation has remained largely a technologically stagnant sector since the days of the Green Revolution
Douglas Varchol shares his experience filming the CGIAR Research Program on Water Land and Ecosystems’ three films on the overall program, work in northern Peru, and in the Chinyanja Triangle in Southern Africa.
Scientists are asked to change, to ensure their research leads to concrete outcomes. As communicators, how can we change to support this push towards outcome-based research?
How to kill a nation’s rivers. I visited Poland, where they are doing just that. It is a terrifying lesson for the many other nations worried about floods and determined to engineer their way to a solution. Thailand, among others, please listen. There is a better way.
Wetlands and agriculture: for many this may seem a strange juxtaposition because wetlands and agriculture are often perceived to be conflicting. Today, a widespread perception is that agriculture simply destroys wetlands, undermining biodiversity and degrading all the beneficial ecosystem services that they provide.
More wetlands have been drained in the name of extending and improving agriculture than for any other reason. Yet real farmers often object, especially smallholders dependent on wetlands for parts of their livelihoods.
This post reviews Agricultural Water Management Journal Special Section: Investing in small, private irrigation to increase production and enhance livelihoods. …
Season’s Greetings from the Agriculture and Ecosystems Blog Team. We’ll be taking a holiday break until January 2014. See you in the new year!
From Pakistan to Egypt, under-performance of major irrigation networks has become endemic. But now a Dutch technologist thinks he may be able to help solve the problem using a simple smart phone application.
As scientists strategize about how best to introduce a holistic, “landscapes” approach to balance tradeoffs between conservation and development, policymakers and practitioners are considering how they can “invest” in landscapes, and whether they can be billed as investment opportunities.
Lack of available water in the West Bank and Gaza Strip threatens the livelihoods of thousands of families dependent upon agriculture for their livelihoods. FAO finds rehabilitation of cisterns to be one cost effective method to improve access to water.
If you drink a glass of water in Mexico City, you should know that its journey probably began in the watershed of the Amanalco Valle Bravo Basin. Sixty percent of the land that supports this water supply is owned by communities and cooperatives of family farmers. Sustainable land management is critical to protect this vital water supply.
What makes a research model useful? In research for development, it must have a practical application and be grounded in reality. When used to assess trade-offs, model inputs must reflect people because they are the main drivers of change within systems.
In India, millions of the poorest and vulnerable people make their living on common land. But nearly one-third of land in India is degraded and common lands face many pressures including: loss of ground cover, falling water tables and declining soil fertility.
At the landscape scale, governance, ownership and ecology are inseparable. But, even with the best will in the world, making that compatible with the investment strategies of rich people in faraway places looks hard.