Managing Water for the City of the Future (SWITCH)
The Sustainable Water management Improves Tomorrow's Cities Health (SWITCH) project aimed at the development, application and demonstration of a range of tested scientific, technological and socioeconomic solutions and approaches that will ensure the achievement of sustainable and effective urban water management schemes in the city of the future. The project was implemented by different combinations of consortium partners, along the lines of six complementary and interactive themes through a combination of action research and learning alliances. IWMI’s office in Ghana was involved in subtheme 5.2, "Use of urban water (freshwater and wastewater) for urban agriculture and other livelihoods." This project employed the multi-stakeholder process for action research' on the productive use of water and wastewater in Accra, Ghana. The main aim was to ensure significant improvements in agricultural production, using freshwater, storm water and wastewater. A multi-stakeholder workgroup established in Accra undertook action research on relevant aspects of the productive use of water and wastewater. Research and field demonstrations focused on simple on-farm water treatment options and the use of urine in urban agriculture. These processes explored and facilitated horizontal and vertical integration within and between the respective stakeholder groups. This project also explored inter-linkages with other SWITCH work packages to be implemented in Accra as one of nine demonstration cities of SWITCH.