CIAT and partners win best poster award at World Water Week

25 August, 2009 by (comments)

A CIAT poster detailing ways to improve rain water use has beaten 70 other contenders to scoop first prize during World Water Week in Stockholm, Sweden, last week.

The winning poster, titled “Improving the efficiency of rain water use on hillsides in the sub-humid tropics: agricultural & environmental benefits of Quesungual system” was presented by CIAT’s Visiting Researcher Aracely Castro. You can view it here.

Organised by the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI), World Water Week brings together experts, practitioners, decision makers and leaders from around the world to exchange ideas, foster new thinking and develop solutions for the planet’s most urgent water-related issues. This year some 2500 participants attended from 130 countries.

The Quesungual Slash and Mulch Agroforestry System (QSMAS) involves the eco-efficient use and conservation of natural resources, of which rainwater is an essential component. Studies by CIAT and its partners in Honduras, Nicaragua and Colombia have shown QSMAS can offer small farmers a suitable, sustainable alternative to slash-and-burn systems.

The authors of the poster were: Aracely Castro, Mariela Rivera, Oscar Ferreira, Idupulapati Rao, Edwin García, María Eugenia Baltodano (CIAT); Jellin Pavón (Instituto Nicaragüense de Tecnología Agropecuaria – INTA); Edgar Amézquita, Miguel Ayarza (Corporación Colombiana de Investigación Agropecuaria – CORPOICA); Edmundo Barrios (EMBRAPA, Brasil); Marco Rondón (IDRC, Canadá); Natasha Pauli (University of Western Australia); Bismark Mendoza (Universidad Nacional de Agricultura – UNA, Nicaragua); Luis A. Wélchez (FAO-Honduras); Nancy Johnson (ILRI, Kenya); Jorge Rubiano and Simon Cook (CPWF, Colombia).

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