Part 2: Is data informing decisions in rural water security?

Helping CSOs use data well to diagnose water challenges in different geographies

Should water security plans focus on making more water available or using it efficiently?

How are CSOs currently using data to estimate water security?

Need for Digital Tools in Rural Water Security
  1. Simplicity over precision: There is a need to look at different geographies and their water experiences and study how solutions can be replicated across regions. CSOs are not interested in complicated, high precision water budgeting tools. They need simple tools to estimate the water balance that local communities can use.
  2. Behaviour change: Even when we know that there is a water deficit it does not mean individual farmers will change their behaviour. There is a need to invest in research around understanding incentives for changing farmer behaviours around cropping choices and water usage.
  3. Implementing impact evaluation: Are interventions having the desired impact? CSOs raised doubts about even the efficacy of measures like switching to drip irrigation. There is a need to implement impact evaluation to understand if water interventions are achieving the desired impact.

How do we help CSOs access and use the data more effectively to diagnose water challenges in different geographies?

What impact could this work have?



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