Looking to the future: Young professionals and the future of water and agriculture

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Keynote presentation at the International Forum on Water and Food (IFWF), South Africa, 14-17 November 2011.

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Looking to the future: Young professionals and the future of water and agriculture

  1. 1. LOOKING TO THE FUTUREYOUNG PROFESSIONALS AND THE FUTURE OF WATER AND AGRICULTURE KEYNOTE PRESENTATION 3rd IFWF Tshwane, South Africa Nov. 14-17
  2. 2. YPs Contribution to the CPWF Farmers - open to interacting with YPs YPs open minded to new approaches & technologies  Not technophobic YPs have potential to be role models for younger generations YPs for instrumentation  data collection for modelling(reliability of results)
  3. 3. Challenges in R4D Farming and Land Water and Food Gender Climate Organisation Resource Constraints
  4. 4. Challenges in R4D … Farming The face of a farmer  Age  Gender  Culture  Religion  Access to resources  Impairment  Education
  5. 5. Challenges in R4D … Water &Food Transboundary WM issues in certain CPWF Basins need to be addressed with regards to water scarcity and conflict over water, Utilisation of virtual water to ensure better food and feed production Photo: Courtesy Manuel Magombeyi
  6. 6. Challenges in R4D … Gender Gender is not widely understood as an issue Gender stereotypes – roles & expectations Tools & AWM – gender issues Conventional ploughing Vegetables in planting basins
  7. 7. Challenges in R4D … Climate Long term adaptation measures “difficult” for farmers to buy into Resilience (adapt, mitigate) © newstimeafrica
  8. 8. Challenges in R4D … Institutional Are we working with the right role players to make an impact? Conceptualising research and packaging information for impact
  9. 9. Challenges in R4D … ResourceConstraints Resource constraints real Fieldwork Efficiency Multiplying effects in use Packaging & dissemination
  10. 10. Innovative Solutions?? Awareness on gender and climate change Incorporate climate change as an integral part of all RIs Internal policies and strategies to address gender issues Tools that identify stakeholders & water resources - online CPWF - advocacy on policy and practice on WM local (basin) and international scales Set up inter-basin communication strategy Marshall resources for sustainability
  11. 11. Things to keep in mind (paradigmshift) Gender & Technologies For a viable future, young people need support to get access/ownership of land Protocols to keep in place checks and balances Research outputs - familiar language (farmers and policy-makers) Non-farm based livelihood actions must be encouraged

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