rural irrigation development News

  • Rural development programmes 2007-2014 approved by the EC

    Country profile GERMANY Size: 357,000 km² Population: 82.31 millions inhabitants (density: 231 ...

  • Rural India left out of S&T system

    Scientific research in India needs to integrate better with rural development issues say Rajeswari S. Raina and Kasturi Mandal. India’s Prime Minister Manmohan Singh promised in January 2012 a massive expansion of funding and facilities for Indian science. The 12th Five-Year Plan (2012–2017) pledges inclusive development through scientific knowledge and technological ...


    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

  • Australian funds flow for irrigation projects

    Grants totalling $4.6 million have been awarded to 14 irrigation water providers to develop modernisation plans for reducing water loss in the water infrastructure that they own and operate. Minister for Climate Change and Water, Senator Penny Wong said: “The purpose of the grants is to help these water providers identify and consider the range of options available to them to modernise their ...


    By Australian Government

  • ADB assisting Bangladesh in improving irrigation systems

    US$750,000 grant from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) will assist Bangladesh in implementing a planned multi-million loan project in 2010 that will improve irrigation services and further enhance the country's water sector as a whole. The grant, which was approved by ADB's Board of Directors, will assess existing irrigation systems' operations and maintenance planning, as well as their financing ...


    By Asian Development Bank

  • Vital Irrigation Supplies and Water Storage Tanks

    Once more, farmers have expressed that a review of abstraction licenses and incentives for reservoir building should be high on the new government’s agenda, according to Easter Daily Press. Water is of course one of farming’s most vital natural resources, yet its availability is being increasingly governed by an unpredictable climate and demand from a growing population. One of the ...


    By ENDURAMAXX

  • High arsenic levels in Asian rice could be reduced through improved irrigation practices

    High levels of arsenic in rice could be reduced by applying improved irrigation management practices in Asia, FAO says in a new report entitled Remediation of Arsenic for Agriculture Sustainability, Food Security and Health in Bangladesh. Studies have shown that high concentrations of arsenic in soil and irrigation water often lead to high levels of arsenic in crops and are posing an increased ...

  • Xylem launches Saajhi treadle pump for small-scale farm irrigation, the first product in new Essence of Life program

    Xylem Inc. (NYSE: XYL), a leading global water technology company focused on addressing the world’s most challenging water issues, announced today the launch of an innovative treadle pump called Saajhi, the first product in Xylem’s planned Essence of Life portfolio. Essence of Life is a sustainable business model from Xylem that addresses the fundamental needs of those living at the ...


    By Xylem, Inc.

  • The Public University of Navarre is participating in a European project on sustainable management and reduction of greenhouse gas emissions in irrigation farming

    Carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere is used by plants to build their tissues, and when plants die, the carbon can reach the soil in which they grow. If the way of cultivating the earth can be optimized to prevent some of this carbon from returning to the atmosphere in the form of CO2, it will be contributing towards cutting greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, one of the main causes of global ...

  • Major boost for Zimbabwe’s sustainable agricultural development and food security efforts

    The United Kingdom's Department for International Development (DFID) and FAO have agreed on a four-year initiative to support Zimbabwe's efforts to address the root causes of poverty and food insecurity, and build resilience against climate change. The innovative new programme will enable poor vulnerable farming households to improve food security, nutrition and income while strengthening their ...

  • Renewed cooperation between CIHEAM and FAO

    The International Centre for Advanced Mediterranean Agronomic Studies (CIHEAM) based in Paris and FAO will strengthen their cooperation under an agreement signed at FAO's Rome headquarters this week. The Agreement of Cooperation was signed by Bertrand Hervieu, Secretary General of CIHEAM and Hervé Lejeune, FAO Assistant Director-General and Directeur de Cabinet. In it, both organizations agreed ...

  • Adapting agricultural water to climate change

    This policy brief, published by the Overseas Development Institute (ODI), examines the relationship between climate change, water and food security and outlines potential adaptation strategies and policy priorities for developing countries. Agriculture in developing countries is already under pressure from growing populations, industrialisation and environmental degradation. Climate change is ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Exciting News for Vineland with FedDev Investment Announcement

    Member of Parliament Vance Badawey, Niagara Centre and Member of Parliament Chris Bittle, St. Catharines announced $5.76 million in FedDev Ontario funding for Vineland’s new Collaborative Greenhouse Technology Centre at a special event June 3. Hon Jeff Leal, Ontario Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs and Alan Caslin, Niagara Regional Chair were also present to discuss the ...

  • ADB to help Afghanistan rebuild agriculture sector

    Afghanistan's agriculture sector, battered by years of war and drought, is getting support from the Asian Development Bank (ADB). ADB is extending a US$30 million grant from its Special Funds for the Agriculture Market Infrastructure Project to build facilities and standards in the livestock and horticulture industries. The Afghan government will make an in-kind contribution of $1 million. ...


    By Asian Development Bank

  • Urban horticulture supplies fresh food, creates jobs, recycles waste

    By 2025, more than half the developing world's population - an estimated 3.5 billion people - will be urban. For policy makers and urban planners in poor countries, greener cities could be the key to ensuring safe, nutritious food, sustainable livelihoods and healthier communities. The concept of "green cities" is usually associated with urban planning in the more developed world. But it has a ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Wastewater fears for urban farms

    Urgent action is needed to remove pollutants from urban wastewater, which is often used in cities to grow food, an international study has warned. Data collected by the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) found that 85% of cities discharged the water without any appropriate treatment. With many developing nations swiftly urbanising, the authors said people were at increasing risk of ...

  • Wildfire risk index: highlights human causes

    A new risk index allows areas to be identified which are most at risk of wildfires as a result of human activity. Understanding which factors affect the risk of humans causing wildfires could help inform strategies for fire prevention. Between 1980 and 2004, there were approximately 380,000 fires in Spain. The majority of these were caused by people, whether unintentionally or not. As well as ...

  • Forest conservation groups in Nepal and guatamala win 2011 sasakawa prize

    Two projects conserving forests and promoting sustainable development in remote rural communities of Latin America and Asia are the laureates of the 2011 UNEP Sasakawa Prize, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) announced today. The Asociación Forestal Integral San Andrés, Petén (AFISAP) in Guatemala and the Manahari Development Institute in Nepal (MDI-Nepal) are the ...

  • Murray Darling Basin - Plan to reallocate water to the environment

    Following floods and disasters, 2011 promises to be an interesting year for water planning in Australia. What is needed now is strong and evenhanded political leadership to take greater account of rural communities and their social and economic needs, without losing the opportunity to use the scientific basis established to date to restore some of the damaged ecosystems. A powerful, yet ...

  • Farm machinery and sustainable agriculture must evolve together

    Farm machines have revolutionized agriculture and reduced drudgery for millions of farm families and workers, but the machinery of tomorrow will have to do more than that – it will also have to contribute to agriculture that is environmentally sustainable. A new FAO book Mechanization for rural development, a review of patterns and progress from around ...

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