Farming Reforms Offer Hope For Iran’s Water Crisis

Outlet: Reuters

August 3, 2014

With government policies mired in bureaucracy, the U.N. has offered to help Iran’s water crisis. In 2012, the world body launched a pilot program to work with farmers near Lake Orumieh. Farmers learned how to make compost, switched to organic-based fertilizers & attended weekly classes on water management which led to a 35% drop in consumption. The U.N. has since expanded the program to 41 other villages with about 13,000 farmers benefiting from it. In May, the Japanese government donated $1 million to save Lake Orumieh.