Saving our farms from the devastating impacts of climate change is an ardent task, given the latter’s unpredictable bearing. But the number-crunching by multiple scientific groups all over the world has unanimously agreed that the unprecedented heating of the planet would certainly lead to extreme weather events that would upset the deep-set farming practices, particularly in tropical countries like India.
A baseline for revitalization of smallholder schemes in South Africa
Ambitious efforts are underway in Africa to promote the spread of smallholder irrigation. This work is critical for achieving sustainable intensification of agriculture and for enhancing its resilience in the face of more frequent and severe droughts.
Irrigation and agricultural development in rural areas of Limpopo Province, South Africa. Photo: Graeme ...more
Mapping risks and estimating impacts on people and agriculture
Photo: V. Dakshinamurthy / IWMI
Extreme climate events are taking a heavy toll in countries around the world, destroying lives and livelihoods. Since the late 1980s, the frequency of such disasters has increased – from an average of 195 per year during 1987-1998 to 338 per year during 2000-2011, according to researchers ...more
Sri Lanka faces another episode of flooding and landslides, as the southwest monsoons continue to trigger extreme weather in parts of the country. IWMI together with the Disaster Management Centre of Sri Lanka (DMC-SL) have activated their disaster charter with Sentinel Asia (as of May 26). Within this framework, the Institute has been providing satellite-based high-resolution maps of the affected ...more
PATNA: The fourth day of silver jubilee celebrations and international conference on 'Bihar and Jharkhand: Shared History to Shared Vision', organised by ADRI, saw Barh Mukti Abhiyaan convener Dinesh K Mishra presenting his lecture on 'River, Land and People: The Kosi Trail'.
Mishra said floods, which were a rural phenomenon, have become an urban phenomenon in Bihar and are more prolonged. ...more
Experts meet in Delhi to discuss a new initiative to "future-proof" livelihoods of one million smallholder farmers in South Asia
(Delhi, December 9): An innovative Index Based Flood Insurance (IBFI) product was launched today in Delhi at a regional workshop organized by the International Water Management Institute. This insurance product would drastically reduce the time taken for farmers to receive money for ...more
By Desalegne Tadesse
“The knowledge of how to provide incentives and build resilience in the face of climate change remains a fundamental challenge in Ethiopia alongside many other developing countries. To address this challenge we need to consider how multiple agricultural, social and environmental interventions fit into biophysical and social systems in-landscapes. A community-based participatory approach is the best ...more
On August 9, 2016, a preliminary version of a flood forecasting app, WetIn App, developed for the Niger and Benue Rivers, was launched at the headquarters of the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, in Abuja, Nigeria. Severe flooding on the Niger and Benue Rivers in 2012 led to a partnership between the Government of Nigeria, represented by the ...more
(Colombo, 18 May) As heavy rain continues to fall in Sri Lanka, IWMI, jointly with the Disaster Management Centre of Sri Lanka (DMC-SL) has activated its disaster charter with Sentinel Asia (as of 15 May). The IWMI team has prepared flood situation maps and statistics that will be used by the National Disaster Response and Rehabilitation Centre for emergency coordination.
New mobile connected device can transform data collection say experts
(Colombo, 3 May 2016). A new, inexpensive portable weather station that can automatically measure and transmit rainfall, temperature and wind speed could transform Sri Lanka’s flood warning systems. Officially launched today, the first of the new IWMI-designed devices is already being field tested near Anuradhapura.
Locally assembled using off-the-shelf technology and ...more
Map shows groundwater irrigation potential in Africa
Today marks the UN’s World Day to Combat Desertification. This year’s theme – attainment of food security for all through sustainable food systems – cannot be achieved without smart water management. This is where a new map from the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) can help.
Photo credit: Hamish John Appelby
Highlighted in a recent ...more
Sri Lanka is only just emerging from a year-long drought that has wreaked havoc on the lives of around 10% of the population (link DMC situational report, 25 Sep). It destroyed over 80,000 hectares of paddy, accounting for about 15% of the paddy production forecasted for the entire year (2014)
Rice production directly affects the country’s food security. Over one-third ...more
South Asia to get early-warning system
As South Asia braces itself for the prospect of more frequent and severe droughts as a result of climate change, a new hi-tech system promises to help raise the alarm in good time.
Hamish John Appleby – Gujurat, India
The South Asia Drought Monitoring System (SA-DMS) combines satellite images of vegetation with weather data, soil moisture ...more
Today is the UN’s World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought. This year’s theme is Land Belongs to the Future – Let’s Climate Proof it. To mark the occasion, here’s a photo essay from Uzbekistan where the loss of the Aral Sea is affecting local climates and livelihoods, and some of the work underway to restore degraded land.
All photos by Neil ...more
New research suggests that droughts in Pakistan are cyclical
The vast farmlands of Pakistan are sustained by the Indus Basin Irrigation System; the largest contiguous canal irrigation system in the world. It serves 45 million acres (approximately 18.2 million hectares) and produces cereals, fruits, vegetables, sugarcane and cotton in abundance for local use as well as for export.
Rice farming in ...more
The theme of the 2013 World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought is drought and water scarcity. Don’t let our future dry up!
In the open plateaus of Burkina Faso the Volta rises from the union of the Black, White and Red Voltas, twisting its way southward through Ghana and eventually discharging in the Gulf of Guinea.
Livestock farming in Ghana. ...more