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.
As local disaster management authorities rush to respond to ongoing, severe floods in Northeast India, researchers at the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) are providing valuable support in the form of rapid-response maps, based on high-resolution satellite images.
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and partners are conducting online consultations on how “water accounting” can be used to address water scarcity. WLE, IWMI and other partners helped develop the water accounting methodology known as WA+, based on global-scale datasets in the public domain.
The International Council for Science (ICSU) organized a side event at the High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) to present its recently launched publication, titled ‘A Guide to SDG Interactions: From Science to Implementation.’ Claudia Ringler of WLE and the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) contributed to the publication and was present at the event. The ICSU publication is based on the work of a consortium of scientific research organizations that applied a seven-point scale to quantify synergies and conflicts among the SDGs and their targets.