By Hua Xie and Claudia Ringler of IFPRI. The number of food-insecure people in Africa South of the Sahara remains unacceptably high and is set to increase as a result of climate change and weak agricultural and economic growth. According to the 2018 Global Food Policy Report, an additional 38 million people are projected to be at risk of hunger in 2050 as a result of climate change-induced slowdowns and disruptions in agriculture in the region—25 percent more than would be at risk in the absence of climate change.
When corporations run aground, the internal auditors are among the first to take the blame. By the same token, when a water crisis hits, the first question to ask is whether the places affected have their “water accounting” in order. The importance of the concept for effective water governance is the key message of a side event being held at the 8th World Water Forum this week in Brasilia, Brazil.
With nearly 30 million wells having sprung up during the last half century, India is a global hotspot of groundwater use. This book offers a window into the prevailing challenges and promising opportunities in the water sector in India. A review for the GRIPP network by Shailendra Nath Dwivedi of the Central Ground Water Board, Ministry of Water Resources, RD& GR, Govt. of India
By April Thompson. The Symposium on Irrigation in African Smallholder Farming Systems, sponsored by the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Small-Scale Irrigation (ILSSI), focused on increasing agricultural productivity with the help of irrigation and fertilizer so that Africa can meet its own growing food demand rather than rely on imports. The conference highlighted that irrigation can help communities adapt to climate change and other variability they are already experiencing, while also helping them face future uncertainty by building assets, all while acknowledging that the private sector is critical to irrigation scaling, and so are the public sector and development partners.
The Government of India announced a new multi-billion dollar scheme to solarize farm irrigation on a national scale. This is due to the success of the first ever solar pump irrigator's cooperative established in Gujarat, based on research done by the International Water Management Institute (IWMI), WLE and the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS), with support from the Tata Trust.
At a Regional Workshop on Building Drought Resilience in Agriculture Partnerships and Outreach, held from 5-8 December 2017, experts from water and the climate agencies in the ASEAN region worked through strategies to help local agencies draw up drought preparedness and risk mitigation plans.
Development decisions are often framed and made with limited engagement with local communities. A new book examines collective action and shows how it can provide us with a better definition of development that ensures its benefits and risks are shared more fairly.
From the IFPRI Blog, Ruth Meinzen-Dick explores the potential of experimental games to help communities better manage their jointly used resources, like groundwater for better irrigation practices. Written on the occasion of World Water Week in Stockholm.
In order to be able to effectively respond to severe drought, governments need almost real-time data on moisture levels and vegetation. IWMI, through WLE and CCAFS, is providing this information to governments in South Asia.