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MetaMeta / SMART Centre Group at the COP28
Water & Food was an important topic at the COP28 in Dubai
The senior advisor of the MetaMeta SMART Centre Group (Henk Holtslag) is a Rotarian and was invited by Rotary International to present on 2 game changing water related ideas being;
A. "2with8". Safe water for 2 billion people with $8 billion, so a 1 time $4 grant/person This is possible with HWTS (Household Water Treatment and Safe storage) and especially household water filters. Promising examples include developments in Ethiopia that has a policy to scale Self-supply that includes HWTS. Presentation / One-pager
B. Deep Bed Farming & SMART water solutions
This presentation includes the example of Malawi where over 25.000 farmers apply DBF combined with Regenerative Agriculture and so increase yields of rainfed crops like maize from 2 to 6 tonnes / ha. The government now promotes DBF and likes to scale to 1 million DBF is an option to store water so adapt to climate change. Combined with low cost wells it has much potential to provide "basic water service" (SDG6.1) in rural areas and impact SDGs for poverty, food, gender and work. Also the eternal headache of pump maintenance is largely solved with this approach as proven in Zambia and other countries. Presentation / One Pagerread more
RWSN Webinar 20 June: Water for food, for drinking, and for rural development – examples at scale
We recently participated in an RWSN-organised webinar with the title: 'Water for food, for drinking, and for rural development - examples at scale'. Together with Colin Andrews of Tiyeni and Joshua Briemberg of the Nicaragua SMART Centre, Reinier Veldman participated in a discussion on the opportunies for Self-supply in the combination with soil and water conservation, such as Tiyeni's Deep Bed Farming method.
The recording of the webinar is available on the resources page and below.
IRC All Systems Connect
IRC WASH, together with Water for People and Water for Good hosted the All Systems Connect 2023 symposium in The Hague.
The MetaMeta / SMART Centre Group, together with Tiyeni and IWMI contributed through a session titled: 'Scaling self-supply in Africa'. This session evaluated lessons learnt, among others from an IRC evaluation, about supported self-supply as an successful scaling approach to reach SDG6.1 in rural Africa at a cost that is 2-6 times lower than conventional WASH delivery models and simultaneously contributes to SDGs for poverty, food security, gender and climate.
There was a good turn-out and an interactive discussion, following the presentations by Barbara van Koppen (IWMI), Colin Andrews (Tiyeni) and Henk Holtslag (MetaMeta / SMART Centre Group). Lemessa Mekonte of IRC moderated the session together with Aline Saraiva of RWSN.
The presentations of the session and posters presented can be accessed through the Resource Page and after the 'read more'.read more
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