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Safe Use of Wastewater in Agriculture

Duration : March 1, 2013 - December 31, 2013
(Extended to December 31, 2015)

The use of partially or untreated wastewater in agriculture is common in low-income countries and of particular importance to urban and peri-urban areas where wastewater often serves as a new source of water and fertilizer. However, the use has to be managed properly to minimize environmental and human health risks. The "Safe Use of Wastewater in Agriculture" is a joint capacity building programme of UNW-DPC and its UN-Water partners. The project reached a total of 150 participants from more than 70 countries in 5 regional workshops throughout 2012 and 2013 across Africa, Asia and Latin America. IWMI supported the UN partners and workshops with research based evidence, session facilitation (with WHO on health risk and risk mitigation, and with FAO on reuse economics) and a large variety of publications. For more details see:, and for a summary of phase 1: . A follow-up phase has been proposed.

Location(s): Indonesia, India, Iran, Morocco, Peru, South Africa
Project Contact: Drechsel, P.
Donor(s): For the Web page only
Research Collaborator(s) : Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage, United Nations Environment Programme, United Nations Institute for Water, Environment and Health, UN-Water Decade Programme on Capacity Development, World Health Organization,