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WORKING GROUP ON ROLE OF IRRIGATION IN POVERTY ALLEVIATION AND LIVELIHOODS (WG-POVERTY)

wg_povertyAgriculture provides much more than food. It offers livelihood, essential commodities, environmental services and social goods that facilitate economic development, industrialization and diversification. Three-quarters of the poor live-in rural areas, most relying on agriculture for their livelihood. The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) established at the turn of the 21st Century call for eradication of extreme poverty and hunger as goal no 1. Under this goal, target 1.C“aims to halve, between 1990 and 2015, the proportion of people who suffer from hunger”.

In order to synthesize specific knowledge and experience from the irrigation sector to design pro-poor actions in a wider understanding of irrigation along the whole rainfed-irrigated continuum of the agriculture water management, the Working Group on Poverty (WG-POVERTY) looks for solutions that work within clearly defined socio-economic context, so that they can be mobilized in a case specific approach. The emphasis is on multiple-use of irrigation systems asan approach to alleviate poverty. The WG has compiled information pertaining to a few countries as how irrigation has helped alleviate the poverty of local population and has planned to develop position paper on poverty alleviation by 2013.

 

 

Estd : 2008

 

Mandate

  1. Synthesize specific knowledge and experience from the irrigation sector, to design pro-poor actions in a wider understanding of irrigation along the whole rainfed-irrigated continuum (aka agriculture water management).
  2. Look for technical solutions that work within a clearly defined socio-economic context, so that they can be mobilized in a case specific approach.
  3. Emphasize multiple-use (mus) of irrigation systems as a specific approach to alleviate poverty in this context
  4. Increasing opportunities for greater and more open participation by the poor, in the development of systems and in the value chain,
  5. Building accountability mechanisms that give longer term support and commitment to poverty alleviation initiatives, and
  6. Guidelines supported by case studies on how to enhance the poverty alleviation and livelihood improvement impacts of new and existing projects.

Members: (1) PH Peter S. Lee, Chairman, 2010 (UK, 2008); (2) Mr. R.C. Jha, Vice Chairman (India, 2009); (3) Ms. Mary Jean Gabriel, Secretary (South Africa, 2010); (4) Prof. Linden Vincent (The Netherlands, 2008); (5) Enayat Farhani (Iran, 2009); (6) Dr. Yohei Sato (Japan, 2009); (7) Vice President Mr. Laurie Tollefson (Canada, 2009); (8) Vice President Dr. Adama Sangare (Mali, 2009); (9) Mr. Moussa Amadou (Niger, 2010); (10) Dr. Yu-Chuan, Chang (Chinese Taipei, 2012); (11) Dr. (Ms.) Laura Schroeder (USA, 2012); (12) Secretary General, ICID.

 

Permanent Observers: (i) VPH Alain Vidal (CGIAR Challenge Program);  (ii) Mr. Andre Roux (South Africa); and (iii) Dr. Dennis Wichelns (USA)

 

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