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Water 2017, 9(1), 16; doi:10.3390/w9010016

Water Footprints and ‘Pozas’: Conversations about Practices and Knowledges of Water Efficiency

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Department of Anthropology, University of Amsterdam, P.O. Box 15509, 1001 NA Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Water Resources Management Group, University of Wageningen, P.O. Box 47, 6700 AA Wageningen, The Netherlands
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Integrated Water Systems and Water Governance Department, UNESCO-IHE, P.O. Box 3015, 2601 DA Delft, The Netherlands
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Received: 30 September 2016 / Revised: 15 December 2016 / Accepted: 20 December 2016 / Published: 2 January 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Water Footprint Assessment)
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In this article we present two logics of water efficiency: that of the Water Footprint and that of mango smallholder farmers on the desert coast of Peru (in Motupe). We do so in order to explore how both can learn from each other and to discuss what happens when the two logics meet. Rather than treating the Water Footprint as scientific, in the sense that it is separate from traditions or politics, and Motupe poza irrigation as cultural and, therefore, thick with local beliefs and superstitions, we describe both as consisting of intricate entanglements of knowledge and culture. This produces a more or less level playing field for the two water logics to meet and for proponents of each to enter into a conversation with one another; allowing furthermore for the identification of what Water Footprint inventors and promotors can learn from poza irrigators, and vice versa. The article concludes that important water wisdom may get lost when the Water Footprint logic becomes dominant, as is currently about to happen in Peru. View Full-Text
Keywords: water footprint; (poza) irrigation; mango export; knowledge practices; ethnography; Peru water footprint; (poza) irrigation; mango export; knowledge practices; ethnography; Peru
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Domínguez Guzmán, C.; Verzijl, A.; Zwarteveen, M. Water Footprints and ‘Pozas’: Conversations about Practices and Knowledges of Water Efficiency. Water 2017, 9, 16.

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