The alliance is based on the insight that the complexity of water productivity in the field cannot be tackled by individual actors.
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01.09.2016

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Experience gathered by a multi-stakeholder initiative to increase water productivity in smallholder rice and cotton production in India, Pakistan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan has been summarised in a factsheet by HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation.

Experts and scientific studies in various science disciplines agree that water and irrigation issues are a key concern for global food security and that potential water conflicts are an essential risk for water-scarce regions.

Positioned within the Global Programme “Food Security” of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), a multi-sectoral group of actors under the lead of HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation allied to roll out an innovative approach to address inefficient irrigation practices in smallholder farming of cotton and rice in India, Pakistan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan.

The alliance is based on the insight that the complexity of water productivity in the field cannot be tackled by individual actors. A more holistic approach is required that can only be achieved by a set of activities that plug together synergistically. Thus, the actors came up with the idea to develop an approach that can implement three components:

The Push Component is to address the knowledge gap of farmers.

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