Promoting small scale farming

500 million small scale farms produce food for about 2 billion people – almost a third of hu-man population. And their importance is increasing. The world’s population is growing and issues of food scarcity are among the top priorities on the international development agenda.

The major part of the world’s poor lives in rural areas of agriculture – making it the most direct way of fostering development. If people can nourish their families with their own supply a big step is made. This is right where Aqua Alimenta creates impact.

Irrigation makes a difference

The small scale farming families will profit from systems which make the complete process easier and more efficient – from water source to the field, from the reservoir to the plant. Simple technology, but often times inaccessible for poverty ridden people.

Millions of people live on arable land and suffer from hunger nonetheless. In many cases, water logistics is a central obstacle to generate more output from good soils. Aqua Alimenta wants to participate in using this potential. Step by step.

Focus on projects for women

In many project regions women and children are responsible for transporting water. They spend hours carrying buckets and are central pillars of their families. Irrigation systems ease the load and liberate resources for other activities. In many project regions, for example in Mali, Aqua Alimenta is specifically targeting female groups who do collective agriculture with special conditions.

Acess water, fair and sustainable

In times of land grabbing, proprietary claims on water resources and unconscious treatment of the environment, sustainable and participatory projects become increasingly important. To help individuals escape poverty, long term and with resource sensitive methods -right here, right now-leads to more justice and independence.

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

  • Around 70% of people worldwide live in rural areas and ensure their survival through agriculture
  • More than 700 million farmers around the world suffer from malnutrition
  • 500 million small farms produce food for some two billion people - for nearly a third of mankind
  • 70 % of African food supply comes from smallholder agriculture
  • 90 % of the agricultural labor force in Asia is made up of small businesses. They produce 80 percent of the local food supply.