Solar Irrigation Technology in Bangladesh
“In Bangladesh, the introduction of solar water pumps, which are manufactured using locally available technologies, will not only help poor and marginal farmers increase their yield but also bring down their agricultural production costs substantially in the next 20 years.
Sources:SFG April 2011 pgs. 6-7
New initiative inspired by traditional practices helps lessen dependence on rainfall for Peruvian farers
A new agricultural institution in Peru mimics traditional practices to help disseminate irrigation technology that both preserves soil nutrients and lets farmers harvest off-season.
Sources:FORO June 2011 pages 10:
Reduced water resources in Limpopo River Basin threatens small farmers
A study by the International Food Policy Research Institute [IFPRI], found that water supplies in the Limpopo River Basin will fall over the next two decades, owing to reduced rainfall, disproportionately impacting small farmers who must compete with both commercial farms and mining companies for access to water.
In Yemen, replacing Qat with less-harmful agriculture could boost health, sustainable agriculture, and livelihood of poor farmers
A number of initiatives in Yemen have mobilized support against Qat, a shrub used to alleviate hunger but which negatively impacts health and environment, and many farmers are replacing their Qat crops.
The Strategic Foresight Group writes,
"The growing prevalence of Qat farming in Yemen is a cause of grave concern. In recent years, Yemeni farmers have taken the initiative of uprooting Qat and replacing it with other crops. If this trend continues, it will bring social, nutritional and ecological benefits to the people in the coming years.
Sources:The Strategic Foresight Group, Middle-East Edition, July 2010, page 8-9: http://newsletters.clearsignals.org/SFG-ME_July2010.pdf#page=8
‘Yemen in Figures 2008,’ Central Statistical Organization, Yemen. <http://www.csoyemen.
‘Qat Replaced with Beneficial Plants,’ Yemen Observer, 9 May 2010.
‘Japan Aid Helps Yemen of Qat’, Yemen Observer, 25th April 2010.
‘Liver Problems Seen in Young People with History of Bilharzias Infection’, Yemen Post, 10th
‘Farmers in Dhamar Uproot Qat and Replace it With Food Crops,’ Yemen Times, 27th February
‘Qat Absorbs More than Yemen’s Depleting Water,’ Yemen Observer, 16th February 2010.
‘Qat: The Cursed Plant in Yemen,’ Yemen Times, 18 January 2010.
‘Can Yemen Reduce Qat Expansion,’ Yemen Times, 14th December 2010.
‘Coffee Replacing Qat at Last,’ Yemen Today, 21 November 2009. <http://www.yementoday.
‘Yemen Replaces Qat with Olive Trees,’ Yemen Times, 16th September 2009.
‘Tackling Yemen’s Qat Epidemic,’
‘Qat: The Plague of Yemen,’ Yemen Observer, 26th October 2008.
‘WHO warns Yemen of Dangers of Qat Consumption,’ Yemen Observer, 14th October 2008.
‘Haraz Trades Qat for Coffee Farming,’ Yemen Times, 12th August 2008.
Surface water shortages force farmers to monocrop
Agricultural water shortages in the north-west region of Bangladesh is causing many farmers to monocrop during the monsoon season, contributing to soil degradation and a vicious cycle that squeezes farmers into poverty and could result in depopulation/migration.
The Strategic Foresight Group writes,
Sources:The Strategic Foresight Group, July 2010, page 6: http://newsletters.clearsignals.org/SFG_July2010.pdf#page=6
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‘Water crisis acute in vast Barind tract’ 23 March 2010.
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