• 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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    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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Results of the Water Footprint Assessment, jointly analysed with the current irrigation practices and water allocation system for small banana producers in Ecuador and Peru, offered a clear picture of the challenges that farmers as well as the river basins where bananas are cultivated face. This joint analysis allowed Good Stuff International, Agrofair and TASTE (Technical Assistance for Sustainable Trade & Environment) to formulate short and long-term water conservation responses, which can inform the design of strategies aimed at the development of the region and the improvement of the quality of life of farmers. This can be done through the improvement of water use efficiency and a more adequate irrigation timing and application, which will in turn increase productivity (and income), reduce agrochemicals leaching, reduce impacts due to salinization and reduce unproductive water evaporation.

Banana packing station in Peru (Image courtesy of Agrofair)

The Water Footprint Assessment was conducted by Good Stuff International in collaboration with Agrofair and TASTE. The objective of the study was to understand the water footprint of the bananas traded by Agrofair from Ecuador and Peru and how families from small banana producers can be better supported to assure the best possible economic and social conditions for them while working on water sustainability at the basins where these bananas are produced.

The next step is to create the adequate technical and financial mechanisms to convert some of the proposed strategies into a concrete reality. Investing in farmers and in improvement of their agricultural practices is key to development and to sustainable agriculture. Such mechanisms may demand a joint partnership involving public and private water users, global players in the agricultural supply chain and development and cooperation organisations. GSI looks forward to contributing to this next step.

Find the executive summary of the report here: English / Spanish

Find the full report of the Water Footprint Assessment here (in Spanish).