Securing Water for Food (SWFF) released its 2018 Semi-Annual Report, highlighting the program’s successes in the last six months and opportunities for growth. The document details SWFF innovators’ impact to date, major program achievements and challenges, and the solutions that were developed to address those challenges.
To date, the SWFF program has met or in most cases, exceeded the expected outcomes envisioned when the program was created.
To date, the SWFF program has met or in most cases, exceeded the expected outcomes envisioned when the program was created. In 2014, the program expected that all innovators would in aggregate reach 3 million customers/end users by 2018 (the original end-date of the program). In the past six months, SWFF innovators have reached a combined 3.6 million smallholder farmers, their families, and other customers well ahead of the expected target at this point in the program.
For every $1,000 of donor funding spent by the SWFF program, SWFF innovators impacted 156 customers and end users, produced 282 tons of crops, reduced water consumption by more than 832,000 liters, improved water management on 86 hectares of agricultural land, and generated more than $200 in sales.
In addition, since the program began, SWFF innovators have helped produce nearly 4 million tons of food on more than 2.4 million hectares of grazing lands and cropland that are under improved practices due in part to SWFF innovations. Both of these numbers are well ahead of the program’s expected 2018 targets. SWFF innovations have also helped reduce water consumption by 11.4 billion liters compared to traditional practices, triple the 3.6 billion liters expected in the 2018 program target.