Safe and sustainable livelihoods in agricultural communities: Optimizing the recycling of human waste

A seminar was held at IFAD Headquarters in Rome Tuesday 29 January 2008 with participants from IFAD and The Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI).

The main objective of this learning event was to share knowledge and experiences on the best ways of optimizing human waste or nutrient recycling, using productive sanitation systems. The event also highlighted the economic benefits of recycling nutrients as fertilizer in terms of improved soil condition, reclaimed water, increased agricultural productivity, employment generation, and health improvements and the reduction of environmental and public health costs.

The following presentations are available:

* The role of productive sanitation in global environmental sustainability
* Key linkages between agriculture and sanitation
* The MDG Sanitation challenges. Examples of productive sanitation projects in various regions
* Best practices optimizing nutrient recycling. Examples of ongoing projects
* A global pro-poor policy and capacity development programme on sustainable sanitation

Follow up:

The President of IFAD has declared his interest in investigating further opportunities for collaboration with institutions researching the role of productive sanitation in adaptation to adverse climate change effects.

A concept note will be developed linking climate change adaptation, productive sanitation systems and water management at the small-scale farmer level.

Current IFAD pilot initiatives related to productive sanitation systems will continue to be scaled up based on potential results. Several Country Programme Managers at IFAD have already shown an interest in testing those approaches in current projects (in Rwanda, Burundi, China, India and Swaziland and South Africa for example).

IFAD will also support different activities on productive sanitation systems during the International Year of Sanitation with partners such as the Sustainable Sanitation Alliance, SEI, UN agencies ( UNICEF) and private foundation.

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