Agriculture / WaterAgriculture is by far the largest consumer of the Earth’s available freshwater. By 2050, the global water demand of agriculture is estimated to increase by a further 19% due to irrigational needs. Agriculture already competes for water with peoples’ everyday use and environmental needs and in the coming years, climate change will bring about enormous and unpredictable changes that will affect the production of food. On the flip side, the contamination of waterways by fertilizers, sewage and chemicals from factories is a grave problem worldwide. Pollution of water bodies and its deleterious effect on agriculture is acute for both the developing and emerging markets, and toxic substances in the groundwater is a worldwide problem. Agriculture is polluting water bodies with pesticides and huge amounts of nitrogen. The so-called 'dead zones' in estuarial areas of large streams, where marine life is suffocating due to over-fertilization, are forming and expanding all over the globe.
Due to the closely associated synergy and symbiosis of the agriculture and water sectors, at WHATIF, we have combined these two sectors into a single platform. Current ventures in this platform include the following:
Value chain services supporting smallholder farmers in West Africa
Cleanup of Water Bodies in India
Investment in a patented de-centralized wastewater treatment plant
Collaboration with a mobile analytics platform application in agriculture