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Addressing Water Scarcity in Agriculture. How Can Indigenous or Traditional Practices Help? FSN Forum Discussion

Policy Dialogue

This discussion is an opportunity to systematically identify practices that have demonstrated their effectiveness in supporting the livelihoods of the communities and to classify them in such a way that they can be upscaled or replicated elsewhere. This is especially crucial for areas with similar agro-ecological characteristics. It is expected that some of these practices will then support projects aimed at addressing water scarcity in agriculture, with an objective roadmap comprising recommended practices/ technologies and the required supporting policies, as relevant.

The purpose of this discussion is thus to call for participants’ contributions to the following questions.

1. Sustainability and replicability of the practices 

From your experience (or knowledge), which of the indigenous/traditional practices below have been successfully applied and if possible, replicated (different times or places) in order to cope with water scarcity in agriculture? Please provide examples and references.  

  • Weather forecasting and early warning systems
  • Grazing and Livestock management
  • Soil and Water Management (including cross slope barriers)
  • Water harvesting (and storage practices)
  • Forest Management (as a coping strategy to water scarcity)
  • Integrated wetlands and fisheries management

2. Moving beyond semantics

Having discussed all these practices/ technologies, which terminology would be most suitable to neutrally label them in the compendium? 

This discussion is organised by the Global Forum on Food Security and Nutrition • FSN Forum

Published: 2018
Publisher: FAO
Geography: Global