• Development and use of modern software tools and open access data for sustainable water management

    The use of open source software and programming languages in combination with open access data enables the efficient generation of information to help stakeholders to act for sustainable water management. Big data for water management has arrived...

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  • Water footprint: a key indicator to help public policy on water, agriculture and innovative catchment management.

    We executed the water footprint of all productive sectors in all river basins in Colombia to support water policy and water action. The work stimulates the development of water funds, Investments in water efficient and climate proof agriculture and water stewardship.

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  • We empower people and organisations to use their watersheds in a more sustainable way

    Our WATERDATA4ACTION approach engages stakeholders in sustainable watershed management on the basis of open access to fully understandable data and information.

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  • We help farmers use less water, be more productive and more sustainable!

    Using our cost efficent water footprint software and our deep knowledge and expertise in farming and water, we support farmers to use water better and at the same time increase farm productivity and be more water sustainable.

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Lower Moshi Water GIS

For VECO East Africa, GSI executed a desktop analysis of the water use and availability data of the Lower Moshi Irrigation scheme in Northern Tanzania. Using publicly available data and open source tools, GSI delineated the watershed of the irrigation scheme, assessed the monthly water requirement and modeled the monthly water availablity scenarios. 

 

 

 

Lower Moshi Water GIS

For VECO East Africa, GSI executed a desktop analysis of the water use and availability data of the Lower Moshi Irrigation scheme in Northern Tanzania. Using publicly available data and open source tools, GSI delineated the watershed of the irrigation scheme, assessed the monthly water requirement and modeled the monthly water availablity scenarios. The exercise showed that the irrigation suffers from water deficits for a large part of the year. It is evident that the cropping pattern and agronomic practices in the Lower Moshi irrigation scheme need to change in order to reduce water use and increase water and economic productivity. Through a field visit we validated the findings, conclusions and recommendations of the desktop analysis.

VECO, small holder rice farmers, agricultural extensionists and irrigation managers will use the data, scenarios and recommendations to improve and track the water productivity as well as the sustainability of the water use in the Lower Moshi irrigation Scheme.

The approach that we used for the water assessment of the Lower Moshi irrigation scheme holds great promises for other data scarce environments in Africa, Asia and Latin America. With a minimum of investment in manpower, software and global data, smallholder farmers can obtain huge benefits to increase their productivity and water security.