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RuralCat, a Catalan Virtual Community for the Agricultural, Food-Industry and Rural World

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The main aims of RuralCat is to encourage the use of new technologies in the rural world, help the sector grow by training and informing those connected with the rural environment and making them more competitive, drive the diffusion of knowledge and orientate users according to their common needs and interests. 

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The Buried diffuser for underground irrigation and water injection

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The buried diffuser is a new worldwide patented technology tested in farmers fields in arid lands inTunisia. This technology uses 2 times less water then drip irrigation to get the same yield. This means that for the same volume of irrigation water the “buried diffuser” produces 3 till 4 times more then drip irrigation. This has been verified in farmer fields.

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WASH Integration to enhance Food Security

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In Ghana, Mali, Niger and Burkina Faso, CARE and Winrock will seek to establish links between food security and WASH, and then use learning to identify opportunities for integrating WASH and MUS within existing food security initiatives. In Ghanan and Mali, In Ghana and Mali, CARE and Winrock will coordinate with UNICEF being a lead learning and convening organization in these two countries. 

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Innovative Approaches to Managing Risks: The Livelihoods, Early Assessment and Protection (LEAP) Food Security and Early Warning System.

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The Livelihoods, Early Assessment and Protection (LEAP) project plays a fundamental role in Ethiopia by supporting the shift from managing weather-related disasters and disaster response to managing weather risks. It does so by linking climate and food security early warning, contingency planning, risk profiling and contingent finance to nationally-owned social protection programmes such as the Productive Safety Net Programme (PSNP). 

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Improved food security and income for small farmers through pond irrigation in selected rural hill areas of Nepal

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LILI’s main aspiration is to improve food security and income by providing better access to water for irrigation to small farmers through construction and rehabilitation of farmer managed irrigation schemes (FMIS). LILI provides technical assistance and fund for procuring non-local materials. LILI promotes mainly two types of irrigation systems/technologies. In general, construction refers to pond irrigation systems that are newly constructed and rehabilitation is done for existing canal-fed irrigation systems. The solution that we want to discuss in “Solutions for Water” is about pond irrigation systems.

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Wastewater Treatment and Reuse in Arid Areas

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Improving the access of 20 vulnerable Bedouins households to a non conventional water resource through construction of 20 household GWWTs to collect and treat gray wastewater with a treatment capacity of 0.5 m3 in average for each unit to be used in irrigating of 500 m2 home gardens which were establishes, planted and irrigated through utilizing this permanent source of unconventional water for supplementary irrigation.

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Feasibility study on combined CSP-Seawater Desalination technology

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The State of Qatar has embarked on a programme, called “QATAR NATIONAL FOOD SECURITY PROGRAMME (QNFSP)”, for the development of indigenous agriculture production to improve food security for the population of the State. Any increased agricultural development will provoke a challenge to the water reserves. With depleting natural water reserves, and to meet agriculture’s voracious appetite for water, such a large quantity of water for the QNFSP programme has to be from Sea Water Desalination.

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Enhancing irrigation performance in Africa for food security through public private partnership projects – Zambia irrigation development support project

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The Government of Zambia, in conjunction with the World Bank, has prepared the Zambia Irrigation Development Support Project to provide bulk water irrigation infrastructure and establishment of commercially and market oriented irrigation schemes in selected high “potential” areas across the country using a contractual approach based on the concept of Public Private Partnership (PPP).

The PPP project concept and approach first, irrigation scheme financial sustainability: the Government will invest in irrigation schemes with commercial potential and income streams sufficient to cover fees for maintenance and operation as well as productive and marketing services.  Second, professional irrigation scheme management: successful management will require services provided by a contracted O&M Operator.

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Feasibility of combined CSP-Seawater Desalination technology

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The State of Qatar has embarked on a programme, called “QATAR NATIONAL FOOD SECURITY PROGRAMME (QNFSP)”, by linking Solar energy, Seaawater Desalination and Agriculture development to enhance food security and simultaneously augmenting the water security will allow Qatar to establish a global reference project for “green” agriculture policy for arid states worldwide.

KAHRAMAA has contracted for Engineering and Consultancy services to provide the required consultancy services to support and assist in its tasks for the Qatar National Food Security Program (QNFSP) effort to assure the provision of the required amount of water and electricity for agriculture purposes in Qatar.

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Windpower harnessing for dragging out underground water for drinking and kitchen gardening in Thar desert of Pakistan

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In Thar Desert underground water is a major source of drinking water except rainwater (few weeks in a year if it gets). AWARE Team installed first model windmill in 2004 and later on more 05 windmills are installed in different villages of Thar and those windmills are used for dragging out underground water for drinking water as well as for kitchen gardening.

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