Harro Riedstra via web
Water is key to food security. Agriculture requires large quantities of water for irrigation and of good quality for various production processes. While feeding the world and producing a diverse range of non-food crops such as cotton and industrial oil, agriculture also confirmed its position as the biggest user of water on the globe.
Similarly, higher temperatures and changes in extreme weather conditions are projected to affect availability and distribution of rainfall, river flows and groundwater, and further deteriorate water quality. Adaptation to climate change is closely linked to water and its role in sustainable development.
Water and Food Security
In 2017, Akvo SE Asia and Pacific (SEAP) aims to expand its partnership with MMC, SNV, Forest Carbon and Indonesian Government stakeholders in order to preserve peat lands in Jambi, Sumatera, by promoting sustainable palm oil farming by smallholders in the surrounding areas. Akvo SEAP also aims to expand its partnership with Mars, UTZ, Helvetas and the SRP secretariat to promote sustainable rice production in the South East Asian mainland, including Vietnam and Cambodia. Finally, we intend to undertake some initial piloting of Akvo Caddisfly for smartphone-based water and soil quality testing with partners across the region.
Climate change and resilience
In Indonesia and the South Pacific, Akvo SEAP will build up its engagement with several UN Agencies and other relevant organisations to support the generation of data to better understand the impacts of climate change and adaptation strategies. In addition, we will continue expanding our support to governments in the Pacific, where accurate, up-to-date data is critical in preparing for, and responding to climate change and natural disasters. Finally, we intend to complete a pilot with the Government of Fiji to generate a national reporting dashboard to improve the quality and reduce the administrative burden of reporting against SDG6 and other WaSH-related indicators.
Specific objectives 2017
A1. To develop a pilot in soil moisture monitoring (up to 200 farmers).
A2. To prepare the scale up of the soil moisture monitoring pilot.
B1. To prepare the next phase of the current pilot on disaster readiness with the Fiji Government.
B2. To create a package of tools and services based on the Fiji pilot for application in other countries. B3. To communicate on the efforts, results and follow up of the activities in Fiji. C1. To improve Akvo communication material specific to SEAP hub. C2. To package Akvo solutions to solve specific problems, including SDG monitoring. C3. To organise and support events on water and food security in the region. D1. To explore partnerships on Climate change and resilience. D2. To prepare pilots with relevant partners on Climate change and resiliences.