The Eastern Cape Water Caucus, with support and facilitation by EMG, has been carrying out action research on water and climate change with small-scale farmers of the Ngqushwa Municipality, Eastern Cape.
Multi-stakeholder engagement is at the heart of the process, with involvement from the Pedi Local Municipality, Amathole District Municipality and the Department of Water Affairs regional office; as well local NGOs and researchers from Rhodes University.
Key issues that emerged from the research, and which the Ngqushwa farmers have taken responsibility for include:
- Cleaning and rehabilitation of existing small rural dams
- Rehabilitation of rural infrastructure such as windmills and water pumps to supplement water supply for agriculture and drinking-water for animals
- Extension of clean piped water into newly developed areas
- Upscaling rainwater harvesting.
The authorities, NGOs and community groups continue to meet to follow-up and monitor actions arising from the research.