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Harvesting water, sowing resilience

The rural community of El Guarumal in El Salvador’s dry corridor










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    This technology describes utilizing rooftop water harvesting facilities to increase the availability of water for domestic use and irrigation of backyard tomato gardens. This measure allows small-scale farmers to harvest rainwater from roofs and store it in tanks, ensuring tomato production also during the dry season, when it would be otherwise impossible. The combination of rainwater harvesting with other good practices (e.g. staking, mulching, manuring) help increase productivity while reducing soil erosion, eventually strengthening the resilience of farmers to the impact of dry spells.
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    The Panama Country Office of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has promoted several initiatives with and for the country's indigenous peoples. These initiatives, thanks to their scaling-up and coordination, have given shape to FAO’s Indigenous Agenda in the country, helping to develop the economic basis of the Comprehensive Development Plan for the Indigenous Peoples of Panama. In this context, FAO is executing a project to support 19 communities belonging to six of the seven existing indigenous peoples in the country, which is financed by the Ministry of Government (MINGOB), with the support of the Ministry of Agricultural Development (MIDA) and the participation of the 12 indigenous congresses and councils. This initiative aims to improve food security and reduce poverty in the participating communities, with a focus on cultural and environmental sustainability. To ensure the successful implementation of the project, an inclusive and participatory consultation process, with respectful dialogue, has been developed from its inception based on the principle of Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC). It is this process and its results that are described in this document, in order to share the lessons learned and promote its replication.
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    The document provides the information necessary to assist in the design of or strengthen national programs to build individual farmer or community capacities in rainwater harvesting. Farmers need not have prior knowledge in the use of the technology. However Extension Officers will require the necessary inputs from among technical officers with an understanding of the statistical, physiological and technological processes involved. These include practices in evaluation of suitability of series r ainfall data, probability analysis of series data and simple engineering works suited to catchment and storage requirements.

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