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World Bank encourages climate-resilient irrigation to transform lives

Mon 10 Jun 2024    
| 2 min read

Washington: Many of the world’s poorest people are farmers who rely on their small, rain-fed family farms for sustenance. However, due to factors like drought and extreme heat, crops that once thrived now struggle for water.

The World Bank emphasizes the importance of climate-resilient irrigation in a recent report titled “Transforming Lives Through Climate-Resilient Irrigation: Game Changers for a Livable Planet.” This approach, they argue, can address several pressing issues including food security, economic growth, job creation, greenhouse gas reduction, and climate resilience.

Climate-resilient irrigation has already made a significant impact in regions like Senegal and Turkey. Farmers there have seen increased yields and prosperity due to better access to water and improved irrigation systems. By adopting such methods, they are better equipped to deal with challenges like erratic rainfall and drought.

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Vietnam’s Mekong Delta showcases how sustainable irrigation practices can lead to multiple benefits. By reducing water use and methane emissions, while improving rice yields and livelihoods, communities experience a triple win.

World Bank spotlights climate-resilient irrigation's role in transforming lives

In the Sahel region of Africa, where drought and conflict threaten livelihoods, irrigation initiatives funded by organizations like the World Bank are helping farmers adapt to changing conditions. By providing efficient irrigation systems, farmers are less dependent on unpredictable rainfall.

Similar success stories are emerging in Turkey and Indonesia, where modernization projects are revolutionizing farming practices and improving farmers’ incomes.

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These efforts highlight the transformative potential of climate-resilient irrigation in addressing food insecurity and poverty while mitigating the impacts of climate change. With the world’s population expected to grow significantly in the coming decades, the importance of sustainable irrigation practices cannot be overstated.

The World Bank stresses the urgency of embracing these innovations to ensure a sustainable and prosperous future for farmers and communities worldwide.

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