Join WE4F at World Water Week 2022!

Water is a fundamental resource for agricultural production, with it accounting for 70% of global freshwater withdrawals. Additionally, 80% of farmland is rainfed. This high dependency on rain, and water in general, increases the vulnerability of smallholder farmers. Currently, 3.2 billion people live in agricultural areas with high to very high water shortages or scarcity, of whom 1.2 billion people – roughly one-sixth of the world’s population – live in severely water-constrained agricultural areas.

In order to help those affected by water scarcity, we need to inform, sensitize, and form new partnerships and methods of scaling innovations in the agricultural sector. Thus, WE4F will be present at the World Water Week 2022 as:

Scaling water-energy-food innovations through end-user financing for climate adaptation

This session will introduce end-user financing and define the connection between efficient water usage, climate change adaptation, and agricultural resilience. Panelists and session attendees will discuss end-user financing models like pay-as-you-go, crowdfunding, pay-by-produce, rent-to-own, and value chain financing, and how they increase smallholder farmers’ access to environmentally-friendly, water-energy-food solutions.

Panelists include:

Pierrette Kouakou

General Director, FIN’Elle

Tim van der Linden

General Manager, aQysta Malawi

Irene Boghdadi

Technical Assistance Manager, WE4F MENA Regional Innovation Hub

Antara Dey Bhowmik

Operations & Commercial Head, ONergy Solar

Saad Maakaron

Director for Business Development and Co-Founder, Green Essence Lebanon

Anissa Peters

Marketing Lead, SOWIT

Jatin Yadav

USAID Secretariat Manager, WE4F

SIWI Seminar: Achieving 2030 food/nutrition targets through water security

The seminar will discuss innovations and solutions to achieve multiple SDG targets on hunger and nutrition (SDG2) and good health (SDG3), whilst improving water security (SDG6). Especially, Session 2 will explore the critical role of the private sector as well as cross-sectoral public-private partnerships in designing, developing, and democratizing access to innovations for water-secure food systems for various actors including smallholder farmers. The session will focus on the role of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) as well as multinationals, to develop water-secure food systems, with specific reference to small and medium-size farming. Speakers will share experiences of innovations in technologies and non-tech systems for farmers and other actors and discuss the policy perspective to achieve synergies for national/regional development agendas. Session participants will be actively involved in the discussion with panelists. More information on all three sessions of this Seminar below: