Water security is becoming increasingly problematic in semiarid regions
as a result of climate change. In response, Brazil’s federal government
implemented two large programmes to build water infrastructure and
facilitate access. However, the initiatives had a limited focus on water
management, a gap that was filled by civil society to help put water to
its most productive use. This brief describes these complementary
initiatives, focusing on offering useful lessons learned for readers in
- Policies and practices focusing on both water supply and use have to
be implemented in parallel.
- Promoting efficient water use seems to work best when combining
community education by civil society groups with disseminating simple,
- Water infrastructure, such as rainwater harvesting dams and wells,
when combined with drip irrigation, will help farmers continue to
produce as rain-fed agriculture becomes more difficult due to climate
South South North. ELLA Policy Brief: Water and climate change: improving access and management in semi-arid Brazil. ELLA, Practical Action Consulting, Lima, Peru (2011) 5 pp.