3. Equitable and efficient water use in urban and peri-urban agriculture

Rain-fed agriculture makes crop production vulnerable to weather variability. By improving access and secure storage of water and efficient irrigation methods farmers have tools for realising a more secure harvest. Smallholder farms have often less access to knowledge, information and credit. With many small users and sources, efficiency in water use becomes challenging. In small-holder systems priority is not always given to proper drainage, resulting in salinisation of the soil and pollution of water sources by agrochemicals. For large-scale farmers, challenges have been found in using water more efficient. In many countries irrigation systems have lost its initial potential and some have even fallen in disuse. Rehabilitating and upgrading opens up new ways for efficient water use. Pollution by agro-chemicals can threaten groundwater and surface water, for example in the horticultural sector. Platforms to gain or share ideas on Equitable and efficient water use in urban and peri-urban agriculture:

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