The second Asian Irrigation Forum (AIF2), hosted by ADB on 20-22 January 2016 in Manila, Philippines, addresses irrigation challenges in Asia and the Pacific, working toward a water and food secure region.
Asia is facing several challenges in irrigation, such as limited resources, outdated system designs, institutional inefficiencies, and weak governance. There is also a need for more intricate understanding of the changing rural economy and for more novel and impactful solutions in order to successfully address these challenges.
Coinciding with AIF2, a Youth Video Competition invited young people to weigh in on the irrigation challenges the Asia-Pacific region is facing today. Budding filmmakers, aged 18 to 30, submitted a 3-minute video on the theme “Who's growing tomorrow's food?” from 1 July to 30 September 2015.
Eleven entries from seven countries were received and reviewed by a selection committee formed by ADB. Entries were judged in terms of content, effective use of time, clarity, originality, and stakeholder involvement.
The selection committee selected a Grand Prize winning video and two Runner-up videos. The grand prize winning video will be screened at the opening plenary of AIF2 and shared on the ADB website and social media channels. The grand prize winner will receive an all-expense (transportation, accommodation, and daily allowance) paid trip to Manila, Philippines, to participate in AIF2 and introduce the video at the event. The 1st runner-up and 2nd runner-up videos will also be screened at AIF2.
Winning entries will be announced during the AIF2.
The competition theme -- Who's growing tomorrow's food? – is a timely topic as it shows how important water is for growing food and to ensure there is enough food for everyone. There is a big competition for water: the population of the world is growing, growing cities demand large amounts of water, and economies and diets are changing which requires more water and more food. In Asia, 80% of the water is used for irrigation.
However, young people are not attracted to becoming low income farmers and are moving to the cities in search for a better future. Furthermore, climate change will affect the water availability: there will be either too much rain at once creating floods, or too little water creating droughts. This changing weather will make the work of farmers more unpredictable and economically riskier. Considering these challenges, what are your perspectives on the future of water and food?