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IFS joins in marking World Water Day

Published: 2018-03-22

On this World Water Day, IFS renews its commitment to finding scientific solutions for the various water challenges around the planet and to ensuring that the world never loses sight of the goal of ending global water crises. More than two billion people lack access to safe drinking water and more than double that number live in unsafe sanitary conditions. With our rapidly growing population, global demand for water is expected to increase by nearly one-third by 2050. In the face of accelerated consumption, increasing environmental degradation, and the multi-faceted impacts of climate change, we clearly need new ways to manage competing demands on our precious freshwater resources.

Our programs contribute to Goal 6 of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which recognises the importance of ensuring the availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation. Since 2000, IFS has been supporting early-career scientists from low- and lower-middle economies to come up with solutions to managing water resources, and many of these 427 young researchers are now science leaders. As 22 March is a day to celebrate water and to express solidarity with efforts that make a difference to members of the global population who suffer from water-related issues, we would like to highlight two of our grantees who are addressing their countries’ water challenges through IFS-supported projects, and also causing a multiplier effect by helping other researchers in their areas to address water challenges.

Mr Maman Sani Abdou Babaye

The research project of Mr Maman Sani Abdou Babaye aims to assess groundwater resources in the Dargol Basin (Liptako, Niger) with the main purpose of understanding its hydro-geological functioning. He is the Founding Director of Tech-Innov, which is a Nigerian social enterprise created to operate and market the Tele-Irrigation System and its derivatives. This device pumps and distributes groundwater and surface slicks through solar or wind energy, using mobile phones for smart and sustainable irrigation.

Mr Zeleke Agide Dejen

Mr Zeleke Agide Dejen’s project deals with improving the hydraulic and operational performance in two large-scale and two community-managed irrigation schemes in Ethiopia. The overall objectives are improvement of irrigation water management, water savings and long-term scheme sustainability. Suitable institutional aspects of water management that enhance water productivity in these schemes were identified and published through his study. He is now an assistant professor at the Ethiopian Institute of Water Resources in Addis Ababa University.

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