‘Water and Food Security’: The Vision of the Young
The annual World Water Week is underway in Stockholm, focusing on ‘Water and Food Security’ this year.
The choice of theme reflects a focus on the future, as does the emphasis on young professionals and their vision. In these short interviews, they talk about what they think it would take to achieve water security by 2050. Some of the ideas that pop up are reducing wastage, indigenous knowledge, economics, water markets, water as a common heritage, behavioral change, technology and public-private partnerships. A common theme running across has been the ‘water-energy-food nexus’ (Watch this video).
Meanwhile, about 6000 miles away from Stockholm, young professionals in Ethiopia are shaping the future of irrigation in the country. These are young agro-entrepreneurs trying to make it big in high-value horticulture. In the process, they are popularizing the idea of investing in irrigation development, new seed varieties, micro-nutrients and market linkages. Read about them on TheWaterBlog post ‘Changemakers: The Future of Irrigation in Africa’
How do we best build on these vigorous ideas and initiatives? Let’s start discussing!