United States Agency for International Development / Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency / Ministry of Foreign Affairs, The Netherlands / Department of Science and Technology, South Africa

Hype or Groundbreaking: Has Securing Water for Food Delivered?

Monday 27 August | 16.00-17.30 | Room: NL Pillar Hall
Securing Water for Food

Securing Water For Food (SWFF) celebrates its 5th year anniversary since launching at the 2013 World Water Week. The program’s aim is to identify and accelerate innovations to produce more food using less water and make more water available for the food value chain while promoting gender equality and ultimately alleviating poverty.

Five years since inception, SWFF has supported 40 innovations in 28 countries. SWFF innovators have reached 6.25 million smallholder farmers and other customers. For every $1,000 spent by the program, SWFF innovators have produced 267 tons of food, reduced water consumption by more than 810,000 liters, and improved water management on 93 hectares of land. Through the program’s assistance, many SWFF innovators have become gender champions implementing strategies that promote the participation and leadership of women by actively looking for ways to design their projects in a gender inclusive way.

In this interactive session with two panels consisting of SWFF innovators, end-users, external evaluators, service providers, and partners, SWFF shares findings from 5 years of gathered data and lessons learned and provides program design recommendations for the future, including the next phase of the program, Water and Energy for Food, followed by Q&As from the audience.

Gold standard events are committed to ensure the gender balance in speakers/panellists and young professional representation in the session.

Programme

16.00 Welcome by Johan Kuylenstierna, Adjunct Professor, Stockholm University and Vice Chair, Swedish Climate Policy Council


16.05 SWFF Impacts to Date by SWFF Founding Partners 

  • Pia Lindström, Programme Manager, Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) 
  • Ku McMahan, Team Lead SWFF, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) 
  • Thomas Melin, Senior Advisor, Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) 
  • Marion Van Schaik, Senior Policy Advisor Water and Environment, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Netherlands (MFA-NL)
  • Henry Roman, Director, Environmental Services and Technologies, Department of Science and Technology, South Africa (DST)


16.10 Session 1: Lessons Learned from SWFF Program Experts 

SWFF Program Panel 

  • Ashley Hartz, Senior Research Manager, Ipsos Public Affairs
  • Inga Jacobs Mata, Principal Researcher, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR)
  • Ku McMahan, Team Lead SWFF, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) 
  • Jatin Yadav, SWFF Service Provider, Independent Consultant


16.28 Audience Q&A 


16.38 Innovator Videos 


16.40 Session 2: Lessons Learned from SWFF Innovators and End-Users 

SWFF Innovator Panel 

  • Zachery Gray, Vice President Business Development, Adaptive Symbiotic Technologies 
  • Fauzia Hirome, End-User, Green Heat 
  • Lan Anh Le, Chief Operating Officer, MimosaTEK 
  • Nompendulo Mgwali, EcoRangers Trainer, Meat Naturally 
  • Aisha Nalwoga, Fisheries Officer, Water Governance Institute 


17.08 Audience Q&A 


17.18 Panel Summary by Johan Kuylenstierna, Adjunct Professor, Stockholm University and Vice Chair, Swedish Climate Policy Council 


17.23 Water and Energy for Food (WE4F) Announcement by Carin Jämtin, Director-General, Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) (tbc)

 

17.28 Closing by Johan Kuylenstierna, Adjunct Professor, Stockholm University and Vice Chair, Swedish Climate Policy Council