Looking to the future: Young professionals and the future of water and agriculture
LOOKING TO THE FUTUREYOUNG PROFESSIONALS AND THE FUTURE OF WATER AND AGRICULTURE KEYNOTE PRESENTATION 3rd IFWF Tshwane, South Africa Nov. 14-17
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)
Challenges in R4D Farming and Land Water and Food Gender Climate Organisation Resource Constraints
Challenges in R4D … Farming The face of a farmer Age Gender Culture Religion Access to resources Impairment Education
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
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
Challenges in R4D … Institutional Are we working with the right role players to make an impact? Conceptualising research and packaging information for impact
Challenges in R4D … ResourceConstraints Resource constraints real Fieldwork Efficiency Multiplying effects in use Packaging & dissemination
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
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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