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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…

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This year’s World Water Week takes place in Stockholm/Sweden in late August/early September under the motto “Water for Sustainable Growth”. Our author shows what things are like in this respect in his home country of…

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Boosting food production with limited water availability is of great importance to humanity. Scientists at the Technical University of Munich, Germany, have discovered that plants are able to switch to a water-saving…

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Aerial view of the Congo River. In the majority of rivers in the Global South water pollution has worsened since the 1990s. © UNEP
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While the quality of surface water has noticeably improved in recent decades in many parts of the developed world, water pollution in the majority of rivers in Africa, Latin America and Asia has increased, as a new UNEP…

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The climate phenomenon El Niño has caused Africa’s eastern and southern regions to suffer from extreme drought this year. Smallholders are particularly hard hit by failed harvests. But simple irrigation systems can…

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Coffee production in Vietnam heavily relies on irrigation.<br/>Photo: DEZA
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A public-private development partnership between Swiss Development and Cooperation (SDC) and Nestlé in Vietnam illustrates that saving water isn’t just sustainable – it’s also profitable

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Establishing a water goal in its own right in the SDGs is an important step in the right direction. However, global efforts need to be stepped up if the human right to water and sanitation is to become a reality and a…

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Siphon irrigation in Tunisia.<br/>Photo: © FAO
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Improved agricultural water management could halve the global food gap by 2050 and buffer some of the harmful climate change effects on crop yields.

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Integrated Watershed Management represents an option for the management of water catchment areas. However, what may sound good in theory often proves to be very difficult when it comes to practical implementation, as an…

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Twenty-seven nations are classified as ‘water scarce’, a further 16 as ‘water stressed’. This situation, coupled with the fact that many surface and groundwater systems are shared between two or more states, has led…

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