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The Politics of Saving Water in Peru: A Reflection

Agriculture Seminar Series - Dr Justa Hopma, University of Sheffield

Date/Time: Wednesday 12 December 2018, 13:00-14:00

Venue: Agriculture Building, Room 3.05

Abstract

This presentation reflects on recently undertaken researcher exchange trip organised by Universidad Agraria La Molina in Peru. The exchange and associated workshop took Peru’s changing food security status and the potential of water saving agriculture as its central focus.

Peru’s food security is affected by extreme climatic events, such as droughts and excessive rainfall induced by The El Niño phenomenon, for example. In 2017, Peru faced its worst drought in decades with a state of emergency declared in 17 regions.

In total, more than 350,000 hectares of crops were lost and reliance on food imports increased. Partly as a response to these recent developments, the researcher exchange and workshop sought to develop proposals for the mitigation of three instances of local water scarcity.

In order for an international team of researchers to assess the potential, fieldtrips were made to three case study sites: Sol Nasciente in Huancané Province, Puno Region; Santa Rita de Siguas in Arequipa; and Ocucaje, Ica.

The presentation reflects on the experience of visiting these sites and aims to position the potential of water saving agriculture as a form of climate change mitigation in its wider social and political context.