This handbook focuses on low-cost and low-tech on-farm wastewater treatment and safe irrigation practices that farmers can adopt to grow safer products. When using the pronoun ‘you’, the handbook addresses extension officers, trainers of farmers, and farmers interested to apply and share new knowledge.
This training handbook is a field guide for training urban and peri-urban vegetable farmers in safe practices for irrigating their vegetables with wastewater. It is designed to provide complete information, knowledge and skills for the successful safer production of vegetables in urban and peri-urban farming systems. Once you have gained this knowledge, FAO urge you to share the knowledge and skills you have gained with other farmers in your neighbourhood, so that they too can produce cleaner vegetables that are safer to eat. The handbook includes two chapters and several exercises to guide you.
The handbook covers five major topics:
- FAO explain how irrigation water might be polluted with wastewater from the town or city and how using such water for production of fresh vegetables poses health risks to you, the farmer, and to people who eat the vegetables you produce.
- FAO describe the various methods that you can use on your farm to reduce the health risks associated with using wastewater for irrigation.
- FAO show how you can check the performance and results of these safe practices.
- FAO help you to train other farmers in your neighborhood.
- FAO explain ways to communicate the knowledge and skills acquired from the training to larger audiences, like through radio and field days.
By following these steps, you will be able to produce safer vegetables and show others how to do the same.