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  • How Laos’s major dam on the Mekong is taking shape

    The Xayaburi Dam now being built on the Mekong River is part of the Laos government’s strategy to become the ‘battery of South-East Asia’. A further eight dams are proposed along the river in Laos, with two more planned on this lower part of the river in other countries. When operational, the Xayaburi Dam will produce up to 1,285 megawatts of electricity, 95 per cent of which ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Pakistan to get $75m for irrigation projects

    The Asian Development Bank (ADB) will provide Pakistan with $75 million in loans to build several multi-purpose dams, irrigation canals and drinking water supplies across the Potohar Plateau near Islamabad. The project will improve the livelihoods of about 22,000 farming households by bringing irrigation to 11,500 hectares of agricultural land that used to rely on irregular and unpredictable ...


    By Asian Development Bank

  • Egyptian invention cuts rice irrigation water by haf

    Experts and stakeholders in Egypt warn of imminent water poverty as a result of the Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, which is about to become operational. Meanwhile, agricultural production consumes about 85 per cent of the country’s water resources, half of which goes towards rice irrigation. Rice cultivation consumes more than 10 billion cubic meters of water annually, or more than ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • ICL Water Solutions supports project for sustainable irrigation management in Zimbabwe

    We continue to support humanitarian actions related to water in Africa. This year we focus our support on a sustainable irrigation project. Target group are 1,540 farmer families including sugar cane farmers and surrounding communities in the Runde region, Zimbabwe, Africa. We partnered with CARE, a well-established international non-governmental organization (NGO) with a long presence in ...


    By Kurita

  • Klamath Tribes and feds exercise water rights

    Tens of thousands of acres in Oregon's drought-stricken Klamath Basin will have to go without irrigation water this summer after the Klamath Tribes and the federal government exercised newly confirmed powers that put the tribes in the driver's seat over water use - a move ranchers fear will be economically disastrous. Klamath Tribes Chairman Don Gentry and U.S. Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner ...


    By Associated Press

  • When development causes disease: linking ecosystems and human health

    Ecosystems provide a wealth of services to human populations, among them, disease regulation. But narrowly-focused development projects can threaten these ecosystems and put entire populations at risk. Here are three cases where development has compromised nature’s way of keeping us healthy. Forty years ago, malaria was almost eradicated in Peru, and only 1,500 cases were reported. Today, ...

  • ‘South Asia’s canal projects spread malaria’, says report

    Independent India should learn lessons from the deadly malaria epidemics that swept many parts of the country in the last century, attributable to indiscriminate canal building and related projects by the then rulers, a new study suggests. The study by Elizabeth Whitcombe, visiting senior research scholar at the earth system science ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Blue revolution key to getting “more crop per drop” and strengthening food security

    Increasing demand for water continues to threaten the livelihood of millions of small-scale farmers who depend on water for their crops. At a time when one in eight people lacks access to safe water, the Worldwatch Institute’s Nourishing the Planet project (www.NourishingthePlanet.org) points to low-cost, small-scale innovations to better manage this vital ...


    By Worldwatch Institute

  • Costa Rican scientists trial aquatic agriculture to boost food security

    Costa Rican researchers are pioneering 'aquatic agriculture' — the method of growing crops on freshwater lakes and reservoirs — to boost food security in the developing world. The technique involves creating floating rafts on ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Invest in water for farming, or the world will go hungry

    A long list of factors have been blamed for the global food crisis which along with the energy crisis has hit developing countries, and the poor in particular, hardest. Prices of staple foods have risen by up to 100 per cent. A growing population, changes in trade patterns, urbanisation, dietary changes, biofuel production, climate change and regional droughts are all responsible, and ...

  • Worldwatch Institute launches initiative to assess agricultural methods’ impacts on sustainability, productivity

    The Worldwatch Institute is launching a two-year project to point the world toward innovations in agriculture that can nourish people as well as the planet, supported by a $1.3 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The project will focus specifically on sub-Saharan Africa. Currently, 1 billion people worldwide go to bed hungry each night. In the first study of its kind, the ...


    By Worldwatch Institute

  • Nile Basin initiative deadlock

    Water ministers from five Nile basin countries could not settle their differences on the language of a new river treaty when meeting last weekend, but said they will uphold a one-year deadline for other basin members to enter the agreement. Government officials from Egypt and Sudan have said they will only sign an agreement if it protects their current use. After more than a decade of ...

  • China`s clever water use boosts food yields

    China produces more food for the same amount of water than other countries in Africa and Asia, researchers have found. The report, completed by Li Baoguo and colleagues from the China Agricultural University, found that China produces 1–1.5 kilograms of wheat and corn per cubic metre of water, compared with Ethiopia's 0.1–0.2 kilograms, India's 0.2–0.7 and Kazakhstan's 0.2–0.3. The researchers ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Long-awaited Sacramento river fish passage improvement project breaks ground

    March 23 marked the groundbreaking for the Fish Passage Improvement Project at the Red Bluff Diversion Dam (RBDD) on the Sacramento River.  The groundbreaking commemorates a milestone in the 10-year project between CH2M HILL, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, which owns the RBDD and the associated Tehama-Colusa Canal, and the Tehama-Colusa Canal Authority (TCCA), which operates and maintains the ...


    By CH2M Hill Companies, Ltd.

  • Turkey: ideally placed to make use of renewables

    With a growing population of over 72 million and rapid economic development, Turkey has one of the fastest growing needs for power in the developed world. Electricity demand alone is increasing by 6-8 per cent each year and CO2 emissions are rising at a rate of 5.8 per cent per year. As part of its climate change strategy designed to tackle these rising emissions, Turkey recently announced it ...

  • News in brief 13 December 2011

    GLOBAL: Banks forge partnership to fight global warming Five major multilateral development banks have agreed a new partnership to combat global warming. With the overall aim of better coordinating and deepening support to cities in adapting to and mitigating climate change, the African Development Bank (AfDB), Asian Development Bank (ADB), European Bank for Reconstruction and Development ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Catchment Management to Support Livelihoods and Peace in North Darfur

    Over the past half-century, Sudan's Darfur region has experienced rapid population growth, periodic drought and, since 2003, a cycle of conflict that has displaced over two million people from their villages, many of whom now live in Internally Displaced Person (IDP) camps near the towns- putting pressure on the region's natural environment as people concentrate and compete for finite resources. ...

  • North Africa and the Middle East through to the year 2050: towards a greater dependence on agricultural imports

    The North Africa and Middle East region (NAME) currently suffers from one of the highest food dependence levels in the world. On 28 October 2015, INRA presented the results of a study, commissioned by Pluriagri*, which was able to simulate the potential trajectories of the region's agri-food system between now and 2050. Based on a retrospective analysis (1961-2012), the experts (agronomists, ...

  • Company fined after pig effluent causes water pollution

    A company that runs a pig farm in Essex has been fined £15,000 after effluent from its animals twice polluted a ditch which drains into the Colne Estuary. A.M. Gray & Co Limited caused water pollution on two occasions after pig slurry from their Bocking Hall Pig Farm, in West Mersea, got into a tributary of the Pyefleet Channel earlier this year. The company pleaded ...

  • Pakistan needs a new crop forecasting system

    Pakistan's outdated crop yield forecasting system needs a revamp, says Ibrar ul Hassan Akhtar. Like most developing countries, Pakistan is staring at the spectre of food insecurity, with its food production out of sync with population growth. The food availability scenario is further ...


    By SciDev.Net

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