Welcome to Project AquaRice
Feasibility Study of a Demonstration of a Real-time Monitoring System of Water Irrigation Quality for Rice Smallholder Farmers in Araranguá River, Brazil
About Project AquaRice
This project aims to investigate and improve the feasibility of undertaking a pilot demonstration project of a Real-time Monitoring System of Water Irrigation Quality for smallholders farmers – particularly rice producers – of the Araranguá River, state of Santa Catarina, Brazil. This is a project funded by Innovate UK GCRF Demonstrate Impact and Camnexus Ltd.
The project’s mission is to promote sustainable development, helping key productive sectors to efficiently manage their resources with technology that improve people’s wellbeing and have a positive impact on our planet.
The vision of this project is to demonstrate that addressing the UN sustainable development goals (SDGs) can be achieved through partnership for co-development of technology in an inclusive approach between the technology developers and the end-users and key stakeholders, resulting in local innovation capability in developing countries and sustainable commercialisation routes.
As such, AquaRice addresses the UN SDGs 6 and 12, by enabling Brazilian smallholder farmers with technological capability to improve water management for crop irrigation and food waste reduction.
AquaRice Partners and Funders
This project is funded by Innovate UK and KTN, Demonstrate Impact Global Challenge Research Fund (GCRF).
Innovate UK is the innovation agency of the UK.
Impact of AquaRice
There are several anticipated impacts of the implementation of our technological solution as a result of this project.
They involve economic and environmental impacts: in rice production and efficient water management and water quality monitoring, impact on access to information and infrastructure by providing with real-time data and accessible connectivity infrastructure, and impact on local capacity development, by providing new knowledge and skills for local innovation and tech adoption capability, bridging the technology and digital divide.
Water quality, in particular, salinity, affects the production yield of flooded rice crops. By monitoring in real-time the water, soil and environmental parameters during the rice culture, information will be available to farmers indicating the suitability of water for irrigation, improving fertilisation process, hence improving their productivity and wellbeing.
AquaRice Project Completion Webinar
This October 29 at 11 am in Brazil (2pm in UK) we held the final online webinar where we presented the results of the project that ended in October. Thank you to all who joined us in celebrating, presenting and discussing the successful completion of the Aqua Rice project by attending our webinar.
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