Harnessing opportunities for the safe reuse of wastewater in agriculture

Stockholm International Water Institute
Robert B. Daugherty Water for Food Global Institute at the University of Nebraska; International Water Management Institute and Stockholm Environment Institute

Experiences from the Ground


The opportunities and challenges that come with the reuse of wastewater in agriculture often are case specific. Therefore, this session focuses on reuse experiences from the ground. In an interactive way, this session brings together government agencies, private and civil actors around examples of wastewater reuse.


Achieving food security (SDG 2) is of high priority, increasingly threatened by water scarcity and climate change impacts. The safe reuse of wastewater could play an important role towards increasing agricultural production. A key motivation for increasing wastewater reuse in agriculture is reduced costs, since this waste contains nutrients useful as agricultural fertilizer, along with enough water to irrigate part of all the irrigated farmland in the world. Wastewater reuse also reduces nutrient leaching to lakes, rivers, and groundwater. But how do we harness these opportunities and tap into this largely unused resource from a planning, policy, livelihoods and financial point of view? And what are the pitfalls that should be avoided to ensure safe and sustainable wastewater reuse?


The objective of the seminar is to discuss opportunities and limits for the safe reuse of wastewater and in agriculture.

Experiences from the Ground


Chair:            Dr. Louise Karlsberg, Stockholm Environment Institute
Moderator:    Dr. Guillermo Donoso, Pontificia Universidad Católica
                      de Chile



11:00 - 11:05    Introduction session 2
                         Dr. Louise Karlsberg, Stockholm Environment Institute


11:05 - 11:10    Optimizing Domestic Wastewater Reuse Options in
                         Agriculture: A Case Study
                         Dr. Narendra Tyagi, Indian Council of Agricultural
                         Research (formerly)


11:10 - 11:15    Wastewater Reuse for Community Livelihood
                         Enhancement Wadi Musa Case Study
                         Dr. Luay Froukh, Jordanian Wastewater and Solidwaste
                         Reuse Organization


11:15 - 11:20    Reuse of Wastewater in Agriculture in Bangladesh
                         Prof. Mohammad Habibur Rahman, BUET


11:20 - 11:25    Irrigation with wastewater – experiences from Nigerian
                         Fadama development project
                         Prof. Sridhar Mynepalli, University of Ibadan


11:25 - 11:30     Leveraging traceability to promote agricultural use of
                          wastewater treatment biosolids
                          Ms. Maelenn Poitrenaud, SEDE Environnement


11:30 - 12:05    Table discussions


12:05 - 12:25    Keynote synthesis
                         Dr. Sarah Dickin, Stockholm Environment Institute
                         Dr. Pay Drechsel, International Water Management


12:25 - 12:30    Conclusions of session 2
                         Mr. Matthijs Wessels, Young Scientific Programme




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