CGIAR Research Program on Water, Land and EcosystemsPresentation Transcript
CGIAR Research Program onWater, Land and Ecosystems Photo: Prue Loney/IWMI
Contents• Issues and opportunities• The Water, Land and Ecosystems Program: the basics• The Strategic Research Portfolios (SRPs)• How the program operates• Examples of what it will do
Humanity’s greatest challenge• To feed 9 billion people in 2050, we need to produce 70% more food without destroying the environment• Rising incomes and population are already contributing to: – Water scarcity – Land degradation – Loss of ecosystem services
Problems are complex… Not just population increase Not just scarcity 1,800 1,600 Bangladesh (1980-2009) GNI vs Water 1,400 50,000 1,200 40,000Per capita GNI 1,000 GNI ($/cap PPP) 30,000 800 Per capita GNI 20,000 600 increases with population 10,000 400 200 0 -500 0 500 1000 1500 2000 2500 0 -10,000 500 1,000 1,500 Water availability (m3/cap) Population (per km2 land)
…and more nuanced than scarcity alone0.80 6,0000.70 5,0000.60 4,0000.500.40 Water & Slow 3,0000.30 land growth of 2,0000.200.10 scarcity productivity 1,000 00.00 Population index 1940 1960 1980 2000 2020 Unequal Unequal sharing of sharing of benefits risks INDIA NEWS CTOBER 1, 2009 Indias Drought Worst Since 1972
Unsustainable resource use GW pumps in Indus- Ganges basinPhotos: Fred Pearce Map: Sharma et al, 2009
The OpportunityIt is not only thatwater is scarcebut more abouthow it is managedand accessed bythe most vulnerable
Opportunity 1: Awakening the slumbering giant- small-scale irrigation in AfricaThe challenge:70% of the 400 million poor in sub-Saharan Africa earn their living fromagriculture, but less than 5% of land is irrigated, leaving most farmingenterprises at risk due to short-term drought.The opportunity:We believe it is financially viable and ecologically sustainable topromote the role of small-scale pump set irrigation systems that willreduce risk and increase yields. It requires novel technologies, innovative business and investment models and the right policies to awaken this slumbering giant.
Opportunity 2: Turning waste into a business opportunity for peri-urban agricultureThe challenge:Humans generate millions of tons of organic waste every day, which ends up inlandfills and pollutes the environment. At the same time, millions of farmerscontinue to struggle with depleted soils or water scarcity.The opportunity:We believe it is possible to reuse organic waste, which is rich in water, nutrientsand organic compounds, in ways that support farmers, food production andharness ecosystem services notably in peri-urban areas.It requires new business models ranging from fecal sludge composting andenergy generation to agro-waste valorization and wastewater reuse, as well assafe reuse guidelines and sanitation safety plans.
CGIAR Research Program onWater, Land and Ecosystems: The basics
CGIAR Research Programs• CGIAR centers and their network of partners work together in collaborative research programs that draw on the strengths of each to address complex global development issues, by calling on diverse skills and knowledge beyond the ability of any one organization to amass on its own.• This ensures that our research is focused firmly on making a difference to poverty, food security, nutrition and health, and the way we manage natural resources.
What the programdocument says:
CGIAR Research Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems (WLE) Our vision A world in which agriculture thrives within vibrant ecosystems and where rural communities enjoy a decent living and have access to everything they need to continually improve their livelihoods..Photo: David Brazier/IWMI
WLE has 3 main goals… 1. To improve food security and livelihoods of farmers through the sustainable intensification of agriculture 2. To improve the sharing of benefits and risks among users of different ecosystem services through policies that encourage collaborative behaviour and dialogue 3. To strengthen institutional arrangementsPhoto: David Brazier/IWMI that cut across sectors and national boundaries, foster equitable and sustained development, improve resource governance and support productive and resilient solutions
What does WLE bring?• The research power of 11 CGIAR centres and hundreds of regional and local partners • looking beyond the farm-level to sustainable development within global ecosystems and at diferent scales• Innovative thinking on agriculture, natural resources management and poverty alleviation• Big, bold solutions to difficult problems • can only be solved by working with multiple partners
Programmatic ShiftThe ―new‖ is not in anyone aspect but in how all thesework together:• Working at different scales (landscape, basin, global, information)• Integration (across sectors, disciplines, scales),• Partnerships (co-design and co-production of knowledge and delivery of outcomes),• Leveraging and marshalling the unique capacities and purposes of partners along the delivery pathway to maximize for impact and• Learning and communication as integral parts of the research process.
The Water, Land & Ecosystem Program Regional interventions for impact Global insight Gender, Po verty & Institutions Cross-cutting topics Rainfed Irrigation Systems Ecosystem Services Resource and Recovery Resilience & Reuse Knowledge Base for Decision System interventions minimizing tradeoffs Making across basins and landscapes
Working in 8 regions covering more than a billion people
Organised under the Strategic Research Programs are 17 ‘Solution oriented activity clusters’Each activity cluster:• Addresses difficult problems of sustainably managing water, land and ecosystems• Includes activities in several countries/regions and landscapes which are implemented at different levels (national, regional, global)• Generates research outputs which contribute to WLE’s overall development goals and impacts• Is implemented by several CGIAR centres and partners on the ground.
Strategic Research Programs (SRPs)
Irrigated Systems SRP Solutions: • Enhancing Success of Irrigation in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) • Revitalizing public irrigation systems • Water Management in the Eastern Gangetic Basin • Managing salt–water balance in Indus and Central Asian irrigation systems • Peri-urban Agricultural Water ManagementPhoto: Tom Van Cakenberghe/IWMI
Rainfed Systems SRPSolutions:• Sustainable intensification of rainfed landscapes• Recapitalizing soils and reducing degradation of landscapes• Diverse and resilient farming systems• Enhancing access to water and Photo :Akica Bahri/IWMI land for pastoralists• Improved agricultural water management
Resource, Recovery and Reuse SRPSolutions:• Business opportunities for resource recovery and reuse• Safe wastewater and excreta reuse Photo: Andrea Silverman/IWMI
Basins SRPSolutions: Photo: Bioversity International (IWMI)• Managing water resources’ variability and re-thinking storage in basins• Resource allocation and sharing for the benefit of all• Water and energy for food (WE4FOOD)• Water data and accounting in basins
Information and Decision MakingSolutions:• Decision Analysis — forecasting interventions impacts on development outcomes• Agro-ecosystem health Photo: CIMMYT metrics and monitoring to support intervention decisions
WLE’s focus on gender…WLE aims to achieve gender equitableoutcomes by:• Analyzing data from a gender and equity perspective• Understanding gender-specific barriers for adoption• Developing gender-sensitive policies• Identifying ways to improve women’s Photo: Faseeh Shams/IWMI access to, and involvement in land and water management (e.g. new income opportunities; safer practices for improved health; gender-sensitive policies)
Communication & Knowledge Management 1. Communication linked to outcome pathways: Ensure communication is linked to change processes 2. Build upon knowledge/capacity of partners: Not reinventing the wheel 3. Repackaging and repurposing knowledge for different target groups 4. Innovation and ICTs: ManyPhoto: Sajjad Ali Qureshi/IWMI ICTs/Comms processes can support innovation. 5. Effective face to face interaction is essential: Effective ways to improve interactions
EXPECTED OUTCOMES by 2020Improve sustained food security for about 15 million smallholderfarmers in sub-Saharan Africa by reducing yield gaps whilemaintaining ecosystem functions in rainfed landscapesEnhance food security and household income for about 20 millionrural people in the Eastern Gangetic Plains by improving access toirrigationMinimize the health risks associated with the use of wastewater andexcreta in agriculture which can benefit an estimated 21 millionvegetable farmers and 175 million consumers currently exposedto contaminated food in South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa
Success Story #1: Ground Water Policy change• Agricultural growth in West Bengal had slumped by more than half.• Research identified that a major hindrance to agricultural productivity was getting access to groundwater• New policies recommended by IWMI were adopted to improve groundwater access for smallholder farmers.• The policy change could benefit more than 5.6 million smallholders
Success Story #2: Ethiopia establishes a soil information service based on CGIAR- developed methods• Land degradation in Ethiopia is one of the main limiting factors to improving sustainable intensification and maintaining ecosystems.• The Agricultural Transformation Agency (ATA) launched the Soil Health and Fertility Ethiopian Soil Information System (EthioSIS) using CGIAR methods• Samples from 97 sentinel sites will be collected and analyzed• Resultant high quality soil information will inform policies, interventions, and recommendations developed across Ethiopia
Success story #3: Policy influence - the example ofUrban Agriculture and Safe Wastewater Use in GhanaIWMI research results were directly (by us) or indirectly (bypartners citing us) mapped in these strategies and policies:• Food & Agriculture Sector Development Policy II (2007)• Strategic Agenda for Urban & Peri-urban Agriculture (2008)• Ghana Buffer Zone Policy (2008)• Agriculture Sector Investment Plan 2009-2015• Ministry of Food and Agriculture MTP 2009-2013• Vision statement on Urban and Peri-urban Agriculture (Accra)• National Environmental Sanitation Strategy and Action Plan (NESSAP) (2010) -input provided-• Accra Agricultural Bye-law revision (still in work)• National Irrigation Policy, Strategy, and Regulations (2011)
Success story #4: Smallholder irrigation is back on the agendaA Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) sponsored projectassessed the potential of smallholder irrigation across Sub-SaharanAfrica and South AsiaA first set of impacts: – on the ground policy and investment changes in Ghana, Tanzania, Zambia, West Bengal and Madhya Pradesh – online tools for policymakers and investors (investment visualizer, gender mapper, technology database) – data and products for development agencies and national policymakers (livelihood maps, participatory watershed mapping, multi-stakeholder policy dialogues) www.awm-solutions.iwmi.org
Success story #5: India is moving towards environmentally sustainable water resources management using IWMI-developed toolsIWMI results from research on environmental water management directly orindirectly influenced the following• Informing the Indian High Court case on the dispute on required environmental releases into river basins between the state of Himachal Pradesh (HP) and National Hydroelectric Power Corporation,• use of IWMI’s methodologies by a High Level Group formed by the Government of India, to calculate the environmental flow requirements for the Bhagirathi River (a source of the Ganges) in the State of Uttarakhand in response to the proposal of several controversial dam sites,• In 2008-2011, IWMI joined forces with WWF-India (through WWF-International/HSBC partnership) in a 3-year program: ―For a Living Ganga‖ that aims to determine environmental needs for the upper Ganga—an iconic but rapidly developing river—to assist future basin development plans. Important outcomes of this project are: – the newly formed National Ganga River Basin Authority (NGRBA) has endorsed the methodology of this project and a formal process has been initiated by the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF), through the NGRBA to develop a Ganga River Basin Management Plan (GRBMP). – The Indian experts who were trained in this project are now a part of the action group which will contribute to the GRBMP. www.awm-solutions.iwmi.org
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