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Video Water management for poverty reduction

TLF ID M017164

This is a three-minute animated video about the difference that access to motor pumps for irrigation can make to poor farming families' food security and livelihood. It aims to persuade viewers that irrigation technologies in Sub-Saharan Africa are a worthy investment. The video sets the scene by illustrating the importance of agriculture to the rural poor; argues that motor pumps could help them to achieve higher yields and greater incomes as well as providing other advantages; and identifies what farmers need in order to gain access to motor pumps. The video concludes that investment in motor pumps could benefit 187 million people and generate net revenues of US$22 billion a year.

Educational details

Educational value
  • This video is of value for the geography curriculum for years 7 and 9. It is relevant to the year 7 Water in the world unit of study, particularly the content description about the nature of water scarcity and ways of overcoming it, including studies drawn from West Asia and North Africa. It is equally relevant to the year 9 unit of study Biomes and food security, especially the content descriptions about the environmental, economic and technological factors that influence crop yields, and the capacity of the world's environments to sustainably feed the projected future population to achieve food security for the world.
Year level

7; 8; 9

Other details

  • Contributor
  • Name: Education Services Australia
  • Organization: Education Services Australia
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  • Address: VIC, AUSTRALIA
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  • Copyright Holder
  • Name: Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN
  • Organization: Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN
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  • Publisher
  • Name: Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN
  • Organization: Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN
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  • Resource metadata contributed by
  • Name: Education Services Australia Ltd
  • Organisation: Education Services Australia Ltd
  • Address: AUSTRALIA
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Learning Resource Type
  • Video
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