nations can choose?
The Real Green Revolution-III
Today, nations have two simple choices to make.
It is obvious that food production must keep pace with the demands
of a growing population. But productivity from existing irrigated
lands is unlikely to increase dramatically.
Therefore, nations can
Expand land area under major irrigation schemes
Improve the productivity of rainfed land, following a method of
irrigation via water harvesting.
The first approach demands that huge water resources be mobilised.
It demands colossal investment in large irrigation systems.
The second approach has an enormous - as yet, untapped - potential
to increase food production.
The first approach is one that has been tried, tested and found
wanting. It is an inherently constrained approach. For two reasons:
The second approach is an emergent one. It is a vibrant and inherently
unconstrained approach. For two reasons:
- available water resources are limited;
- growing social conflicts over the creation of large irrigation
systems (reservoirs, and canals, attending bureaucracy and corruption).
The real Green Revolution is about harvesting rainwater.
- once available, water resources keep expanding exponentially;
- growing social harmony over the creation of local harvesting
Look up. Think rain. Catch water where
it falls. Let the rain change social existence. Let it transform