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Development without Big Dams: Grass Roots Solutions on Water and Environment October 13, 2012

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Small is both beautiful and productive

‘Mega-dams and massive government-run irrigation projects are not the key to meeting world’s water needs, a growing number of experts now say. For developing nations, the   answer may lie in small-scale measures such as inexpensive water pumps and other readily available equipment. How will the world find the water to feed a growing population in an era of droughts and water shortages?  A growing number of water experts are saying, is to forget big government-run irrigation projects with their mega-dams, giant canals, and often corrupt and indolent management. Farmers across the poor world, they say, are solving their water problems far more effectively with cheap Chinese-made pumps and other low-tech and off-the-shelf equipment. Researchers are concluding that small is both beautiful and productive.’ “Cheap pumps and new ways of powering them are transforming farming and boosting income all over Africa and Asia,”  Meredith Giordano, lead author of a three-year research project.

http://e360.yale.edu/feature/beyond_big_dams_turning_to_grass_roots_solutions_on_water/2571/#.UHiYV2YK5QA.facebook

http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2012-08/bc-fis081612.php

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