UN Water – Virtual Side Event ‘Self supply’

The SMART Centre Group co-hosted a virtual side event during the UN-Water Conference in New York. On this page you can find the practical information for this virtual side event on ‘Self-supply’ as part of the UN Water conference in March 2023. The event took place on Thursday March 23st at 09.00 EST (check your local time here).


This event informs about the huge impact of self-supply in Asia and shares experience how supported self-supply can reach SDG6.1 and increases food security in rural Africa at a 1 time grant of $25 per person. The event brings together stakeholders from the private sector, NGO sector and Academia to share experiences. See also the ‘supporting self-supply’ background document.

The full recording is available below. In the table you can find the link to the individual presentations.

Program & Speakers

WelcomeReinier VeldmanClip
Rural Water Supply Network (RWSN)Welcome and introduction to Self supply.Matthias Saladin RWSNPresentationClip
The Groundwater ProjectState of art groundwater problems but also potential. Need tens million small boreholes for food.John Cherry CEO GWPPresentationClip
TiyeniDeep Bed Farming. Small holders as water catchment managers. Potential for food production, groundwater rechargeColin Andrews, Founder TiyeniClip
KickStart Information of low cost water pumps for food production such as the MoneyMaker pumps. Experience with supply chains for individual sales.Martin Fisher, CEO KickStartClip
MetaMeta Research / SMART Centre GroupSupported Self supply Reaching SDG6.1 in SSA with subsidize farm wellsHenk Holtslag, Advisor MetaMeta / SMART Centre Group  PresentationClip
Moderated Discussion with participantsSabina KhatriClip

Date & Time

The session took place as virtual side event to the UN Water Conference, taking place from 22 – 24 March 2023.
The virtual event took place on Thursday 23rd March and starts at 09.00 (EST) or 14.00 (CET). Check your local time here.

Background information and other resources

Reinier VeldmanUN Water – Virtual Side Event ‘Self supply’