Poverty reduction

Fight hunger where it reigns

Hunger is one of the faces of poverty. In developing countries, scarcity of resources is ever present – Millions of people can’t, despite their cultivation of grain and vegetables, live of their yields. 700 million farmers worldwide are malnourished. Hunger problems can only be solved sustainably on site. Where hunger reigns.

Food needs water

Water plays a central role for food cultivation. Times of dry climates and droughts, scarcity of precipitation and hard to access ground water reservoirs make small scale farming a gamble. Changing climate conditions make the secure planning of harvests even more difficult. Aqua Alimenta brings irrigation methods to small scale farmers who bring “water to the field”. They become more independent from purely rain based cultivation and get a larger harvest to nourish their families.

Bad soils, bad harvests?

The dilemma of poverty. People get denied access to the most basic tools. Irrigation technol-ogy is very efficient at making agriculture easier, under certain basic conditions. Due to an IFAD study, 86% of the rural poor in South and East Africa live in areas of average to high potential of agricultural production. Precipitation, temperature and conditions would be suffi-cient for abundant farming. 

If you succeed in equipping people in these areas with knowledge and simple technology to make field work easier field and bring them more security of harvest and output, an important step is made to reduce poverty.

Knowledge and know how as motors of development

Bringing knowledge to the people is the most efficient help to self-help. Craftsmen, workmen, farmers, technicians and promoters – they all gain know-how in the projects of Aqua Alimen-ta, which is at their disposal for a lifetime.

Participatory models as key for sustainable development

In the projects of Aqua Alimenta there is one basic rule: You receive an irrigation system if you actively engage in installation, maintenance and, dependent on economic capacity, the material cost. The participation ensures that farmers understand the construction and design of the system and learn from the technicians how to perform maintenance independently. Aqua Alimenta and local partners check the financial situation of families interested in the installation of an irrigation system. Whenever participation is possible and realistic it is en-couraged. People are transformed from aid recipients to entrepreneurs on their own account.

 

Facts and Figures

  • 21% of the world’s population lives on less than 1.25 dollars per day in local purchasing power parity and is considered to be extremely poor
  • Every three and a half seconds a human starves
  • More people die of hunger every year than from HIV, malaria and tuberculosis combined
  • About 70% of poor people worldwide live in rural areas and secure their survival with agriculture
  • Poverty is receding globally, but inequality is on the rise. 1.2 billion people live of less than a euro per day- with about 800 million facing a similar destiny
  • In 2050, there will be an additional 24 million children living in poverty because of climate change.