Key and Smart Actions to Alleviate Hunger and Poverty Through Irrigation and Drainage

Unver, O and Wahaj, R and Lorenzon, E and Mohammadi, K and Osias, J R and Reinders, F and Wani, S P and Chuchra, J and Lee, P and Sangjun, I M (2018) Key and Smart Actions to Alleviate Hunger and Poverty Through Irrigation and Drainage. Irrigation and Drainage (TSI), 67 (1). pp. 60-71. ISSN 15310353

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In the pursuit of information to support policies and actions to alleviate hunger and poverty through irrigation and drainage, this paper attempts to provide correlations between water scarcity, communities and poverty. Many reviews have found strong direct and indirect relationships between irrigation and poverty. One of the main goals of the international community is to eliminate hunger and poverty and in this perspective, through the Millennium Development Goals, much progress has been achieved and evidence obtained. Sustainable Development Goals and various other United Nations initiatives intend to move forward this agenda by making it a part of broader development frameworks. In this paper, the important elements of irrigation and drainage that affect the alleviation of hunger and poverty are discussed. These elements are grouped into governance, rights-based developments, water rights and pricing, management, efficiency improvement, and the role of technology. Both the potential and the need for innovative technology and solutions in irrigation are underlined, which can be used to cater for the challenges in different subsectors. The main focus of these solutions is on maximizing productivity and efficiency, reducing water losses, achieving sustainable intensification and managing demands on water resources and the associated trade-offs.

Item Type: Article
Divisions: Research Program : Asia
Uncontrolled Keywords: Irrigation and drainage management; water management; hunger alleviation; poverty alleviation; irrigation modernization; water scarcity; poverty; hunger
Subjects: Others > Agriculture
Others > Irrigation
Others > Water Resources
Others > Food Security
Others > Poverty
Depositing User: Mr Ramesh K
Date Deposited: 01 Mar 2018 10:26
Last Modified: 19 Dec 2018 11:46
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Acknowledgement: This paper is based on the Background Paper of Sub-theme 3 Key and smart actions to alleviate hunger and poverty through irrigation and draingage of the 2nd World Irrigation Forum.
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