Urban food security and resilience through wastewater
In addition to its guarantee for safe food production, the Aqua-Soil Approach also delivers a sustainable contribution for water, ecology, food security, job creation and social equity. The following sum-up the advantages of the Aqua-Soil Approach.
The Aqua-Soil Approach enhances water systems by minimalizing the use of natural water resources and wastewater emissions. The Aqua-Soil Approach results in:
efficient water usage;
less usage of natural water resources;
reuse of wastewater streams;
incentive for stronger regional water management;
additional funding for water treatment;
incentive for adequate sanitation and sewer management.
The reuse of organic waste, wastewater and composting also benefits the environment by:
reducing the emissions of wastewater streams on aquatic environments;
reducing the total amount of waste on landfills;
being an incentive for clearing and cutting alien vegetation;
a reduction in the emission of greenhouse gasses.
approximately 7.000 fulltime jobs for 150 hectares of horticulture
employment at various skill levels;
education and learning programs during employment;
opportunities for entrepreneurship and product development.
The Aqua-Soil Approach is predominantly interesting for developing countries and upcoming markets. Important aspects that are anchored in the Aqua-Soil Approach:
the production of high quality, hygienic, affordable and safe food;
opportunities for capacity building and education that are socially inclusive;
promotion of equal work opportunities for women (gender equality)and for minority groups;
equal income opportunities for low-skilled individuals;
higher work participation and opportunities for the unemployed.