Sustainable intensification transforms landscapes and livelihoods – in one year

28 April, 2011 by (comments)

It could be the Holy Grail of eco-efficient agriculture – the sustainable transformation of arid land incapable of supporting food production, into green oases of rice, beans, and maize…

…in just one year.

Recent water harvesting pilot projects in Nicaragua have done just this. Coordinated by The Latin American Fund for Irrigated Rice (FLAR), based at CIAT‘s headquarters in Colombia, together with financial support from the Common Fund for Commodities (CFC), and collaboration from national partners and local government, the projects have brought about the construction of several reservoirs to capture rainfall during the country’s intense rainy season, for use in irrigating food crops during the equally intense dry season.

Food production has been intensified, rural incomes boosted, and the surrounding environment protected.

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We’ll be bringing you a lot more on the project very soon, including a new 5-minute photofilm documenting the successes in Nicaragua. For an overview, you can see a picture feature on Water Harvesting in Nicaragua in the new edition of the online, DFID-funded UK development magazine New Agriculturist.

Stay tuned for more on a project with great promise – and, so far, very exciting results.

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