The International Forum on Solar Technologies for Small-scale Agriculture and Water Management was held at FAO Headquarters in Rome in April 2018, looking at the opportunities to benefit from solar technology by small-holder farmers, while also discussing some of the challenges and potential pitfalls associated with financing, implementing and regulating this rapidly growing sector.
From project partners Future Pump. Solar irrigation has many benefits, both environmentally and socially, and while there is the potential to over extract groundwater, the private and public sectors should work together to make sustainable solar irrigation a reality.
Coffee is a major export of Vietnam, but the highlands where about 40% of the coffee is grown, is experiencing water shortages in the dry season. Research has found that yields can be increased while decreasing water consumption, and irrigation practices can be improved.
A high-level ministerial delegation from Ethiopia was in Telangana, India, to find solutions for rain water management and nutritional security. The visit was jointly hosted by ICRISAT and the Telangana Ministry of Irrigation.
Scientists and government officials are collaborating with communities to test out new approaches to reversing land degradation—methods that might have potential to change the status of the entire highlands region from vastly degraded to successfully restored.
Water experts estimate that only 4 to 7 percent of arable land is irrigated in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), the lowest ratio across the world. A new special series on small-scale communal irrigation in South-Eastern Africa is calling for donors to develop a viable, sustainable and inclusive business model for small-scale public irrigation schemes in Sub-Saharan Africa.
In the first phase of the Africa RISING project in the Ethiopian highlands, IWMI investigated technologies that could improve farmers’ access and use of the available water in their surroundings for better agricultural production and productivity.
Meeting the Sustainable Development Goals on hunger and poverty will require a 50 percent increase in food production in the next 15 years. In fact, a global food revolution is urgently needed, argues a recent paper by a number of leading scientists working with WLE.
Researchers from ICARDA, IWMI, WLE and the University of East Anglia are warning that large-scale irrigation systems (LSIS) are underperforming, which poses a threat to food production in the developing world.