Irrigation is essential in Southeast Asia and especially so with an ever-growing population. In fact, did you know that Southeast Asia contains over 70% of the world’s irrigated areas? And that it is predicted that its population will grow by 1.5 billion by the year 2050. That means that the current food supply will need to be increased tenfold to support the demand for food and animal feed crops. And with lack of land and water resources already presenting itself as a problem, a better system and way of management to the established irrigation system will need to be put into place in order to be able to even begin to keep up with the increase in demand.
The Problem& A Potential Solution:
Establishing even more technologically advanced irrigation systems in different Southeast Asia locations is tricky because of how rural the areas are. A lot of people live on less than $1 US dollar a day, making poverty a very real issue in the midst of everything else.
Thankfully a band of small landscape & maintenance businesses like Blue Star Irrigation & Landscape, have established charitable accounts to help aid in the on-going initiative to get Southeast Asia’s irrigation system up to par to support its population growth. Owner Andy is quoted saying” If we don’t start to help now, how will there be time to even establish an irrigation system that can support the continued rise in demand for food? We are literally knowing that people will starve and turning a blind eye if we don’t take a stand and help do something about it!” Landscape & irrigation-based businesses throughout Arizona, Texas, and Nevada have begun their charitable campaign to help Southeast Asia. You can choose to make a charitable donation at the due date of your invoice with one of these fine small businesses, or you can go to the link set up on one of their websites and contribute that way. All funds are then put into an account to help with the purchase of materials, supplies, labor, etc.
Volunteers make a Difference
Many of the men and women that work at these small businesses contributing to this charitable fund are also volunteers when the time comes to travel to set up these new systems. In addition, they teach classes and help guide those in charge of the systems so that they are as knowledgeable as possible. Maintaining these advanced systems to efficiently irrigate land and work to their full potential is complicated when you already lack certain resources. Making the transition and the teaching as simple and seamless as possible is usually the focus. We want to see a high success rate especially when we are utilizing so many precious resources and count on so many volunteers.