Capacity Building related to Freshwater and Food Security
Water scarcity affects every continent of the globe. About 700 million people in 43 countries are under water stress, led by Ethiopia, Haiti, and Niger with the least amount of water available. The United Nations calculates that even if the Millennium Development Goals for clean water supply are achieved, 800 million people will still lack access to safe drinking water in 2015. And 1.8 billion people will still not have access to basic sanitation. Sustained population growth, urbanization and the demand for better livelihoods are contributing to a steadily deepening global water crisis.
Additional gains to food/clean water production and food security will come from newer processes and techniques developed recently due to information and communication technologies (ICT), biotechnology and nanotechnology. In addition, solar stills technology can be used to make drinking water in areas that clean water is not common. Solar distillation is necessary in these situations to provide people with purified water. Solar energy heats up the water in the still. The water then evaporates and condenses on the bottom of the covering glass. It is important to educate people about these developments.
2°West works with International Development Organizations to empower entire fragile nation-states and communities including women and vulnerable groups, by building local technical, administrative, and entrepreneurial capacity related to the business of proving sustainable Energy/Power, Food and Water.
What do we do?
What are the deliverables?
Training to build skills necessary to take advantage ICT services, and/or ability to pay for ICT services.
- Provide educational access to Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) at the local level,
- Access to content that describe the benefits of biotechnology, solar/wind power technology and nanotechnology both from a socially and economically perspective