Water for Well-being: From Framework to Action
The dominant dialogue and practice of multi-sectoral approaches to improve child nutrition through water have focused on the role that WASH has in reducing enteric infections, especially diarrheal disease. Food security – another key determinant of child nutrition -- is highly dependent on many additional aspects, including governance and allocation of water resources across different uses, irrigation practices and technology, and management of water resources with associated impacts on ecosystems. The aim of this session is to familiarize the audience with existing frameworks for enhancing the human development impact of water sector policies and initiatives. Participants will then hear from 3 – 4 practical case studies in how the framework has been applied in practice, the impact on child nutrition outcomes, and future directions.
The objective of the session is to stimulate debate and shape dialogue around the linkages between water, food security and nutrition, and share experience of ways to effectively address these challenges from a sectoral and multi-sectoral perspective. A diverse panel of practitioners and researchers will share learnings from case studies across water for agriculture / irrigation, water resources management, and water sector reforms that have incorporated nutritional considerations into the design and multi-sectoral needs for water.
Proposed session agenda and format:
16:00 – 16:05 – Welcome by Moderator and instructions for audience participation (Rob Bertram, USAID)
16:05 – 16:15 – Overview of frameworks for irrigation and water resource management impacts on child nutrition (Claudia Ringler, IFPRI)
16:15 – 16:25 – Overview of framework for WASH impacts on nutrition and embedding water in World Bank early years framework and lending operations (Claire Chase, World Bank)
16:25 – 16:30 – Top 2 questions from audience (using cards)
16:30 – 16:40 – Multiple use systems and nutrition (Stephanie Maurissen, USAID)
16:40 – 16:50 – Disruptive technology in agriculture and impacts on nutrition (Linda Kwamboka, m-farm)
16:50 – 17:00 – Food security, stunting, and sustainable irrigated agriculture in Rwanda (Aimee Marie Ange Mpambara, World Bank)
17:00 – 17:05 – Top 2 questions from audience (using cards)
17:05 – 17:30 – Interactive Q&A