Training the local private sector in
Simple, Market based, Affordable, and Repairable Technologies
The SMART Centre Group
IAAS Youth in Agriculture pre-event of the Climate Adaptation Summit 2021
On the 25th and 26th of January the Climate Adaptation Summit 2021 will be organised online. As pre-event to the summit, the International Association of Students in Agricultural and Related Sciences (IAAS) organised a pre-event which brought 1500+ students together. The SMART Centre Group hosted one of the workshops under the title: "SMART Centres and smart solutions Increase resilience to climate change by building local capacity in innovative and affordable water and agriculture solutions".
Henk Holtslag, Reinier Veldman presented on the SMART approach and SMART Centres and the link to Climate Adaptation and (Youth) Employment and Abraham Mehari covered the Smart Water for Agriculture project. The workshop generated a fruitfull discussion and provided input to the 'Call to Action' (English, French) which will be presented by IAAS to The Netherlands Minister of Foreign Affairs during the Summit.
The presentations are available on the resources page.
COVID-19 Water Technology and Services Portfolio published by NWP
The Netherlands Water Partnership recently developed a portfolio of ‘COVID-19 Water Technology and Services’. The portfolio is an overview of initiatives and Dutch companies who have services or products that can contribute to stop the spread of COVID and also monitor the spread. As part of the portfolio two cases work of the SMART Centres is mentioned and also the water filters of Basic Water Needs are included. Basic Water Needs has been a long term partner and supporter of the work of the SMART Centres.
The portfolio can be accessed through https://publications.dutchwatersector.com/covid-19-portfolio/start/. The individual pages related to the work of the SMART Centre can be accessed through the links below:
- Global Handwashing Day - https://www.dutchwatersector.com/news/lets-celebrate-global-handwashing-day
- Supporting Hand wash solutions - https://www.dutchwatersector.com/news/self-supporting-handwashing-solutions-to-fight-covid-19
- Tulip Water Filters - https://publications.dutchwatersector.com/covid-19-portfolio/detection-and-filtration-technologies/overlay/basic-water-needs/
Very affordable solar pumps
One of the technologies that are being tested by the SMART Centres are small solar pumps in the price range of $30 - $60. With a solar panel, a complete set would cost in the range if $80 - $120.
The Jacana SMART Centre in Zambia has recently released a manual on Electical pumps selection & installation and has also trained a group of entreneurs as 'pump advisors'. This will be used as a service to clients to advice them on the pump suitable for their situation and provides the entrepreneurs with another possible income stream.
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